Mil­ton TeenAg stars aim high

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TOHILL

One team’s strength is the other’s weak­ness: That was ce­mented in the win­ning and run­ner-up teams’ per­for­mances at the re­cent NZ Young Farm­ers Otago-South­land TeenAg re­gional fi­nal held at Win­ton.

Win­ning team Levin Coul­ter, 16, and James Scan­lan, 18, of Mil­ton, were strong in some of the phys­i­cal stuff, such as fenc­ing. Run­ner-ups Laura Scan­lan (James’s twin sis­ter) and Rebecca Hut­ton, 17, also of Mil­ton, demon­strated solid gen­eral knowl­edge.

While the four Toko­mairiro High School stu­dents know they will be com­pet­ing against each other they ad­mit there’s much to be gained by help­ing each other, in the two-month build-up to the grand fi­nal to be held in In­ver­cargill on July 5-7.

‘‘We’ll be do­ing lots and lots of prac­tice, some to­gether, some of it on our own,’’ James said.

Rebecca said it was be­cause of the boys’ per­for­mance - they were na­tional fi­nal­ists last year - that she and Laura were able to lift their game from an eighth plac­ing in the re­gion­als last year, to com­ing sec­ond be­hind them this year.

‘‘We saw them at the grand fi­nal, so we knew better what to ex­pect this year when we did the com­pe­ti­tion.’’

They were very ex­cited by their im­prove­ment and suc­cess, Laura said.

‘‘We work to­gether well, and we def­i­nitely learn from our mis­takes.’’

James said his best ad­vice was ‘‘don’t rush’’.

Levin, who is also a twin - his brother Jadin com­peted in an­other team but did not qual­ify for the fi­nal - said he was gain­ing great ex­pe­ri­ence from taking part in the event. The twin broth­ers are only Year 12, so have an­other chance to have a crack at it next year. This will be only the sec­ond year their high school has en­tered TeenAg teams.

Their fi­nal will be run along­side the 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year, which is be­ing con­tested by Waipahi farmer Lo­gan Wal­lace.

DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

Mil­ton’s def­i­nitely got Ag tal­ent: Last year’s FMG Young Farmer of the Year Nigel Wood­head in ac­tion at the event.

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