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