Scott se­cures sec­ond place

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Pukekohe’s Scott Wil­cox has been awarded run­ner-up at the Young Grower of the Year an­nual awards din­ner in Christchurch.

Wil­cox, 23, a fourth gen­er­a­tion grower at Pukekohe fam­ily com­pany AS Wil­cox, was also awarded the Best Prac­ti­cal ti­tle af­ter win­ning the hands-on chal­lenges. He was named Young Veg­etable Grower 2017 back in May.

Af­ter two days of ac­tiv­i­ties in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion last week, where Wil­cox com­peted against four other fi­nal­ists, he was placed sec­ond to over­all win­ner of Young Grower, Erin Atkin­son of Te Puke, the first woman to win the ti­tle.

Wil­cox said he was very proud to have re­ceived sec­ond place be­cause there was a very high stan­dard across all the fi­nal­ists and they posed ex­tremely strong com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It’s been a chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but also very re­ward­ing, es­pe­cially meet­ing other young peo­ple in the in­dus­try from around the coun­try.’’

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, which is in its 11th year, all five fi­nal­ists com­peted in a se­ries of prac­ti­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal chal­lenges de­signed to test the skills needed to run a suc­cess­ful ex­port-fo­cused hor­ti­cul­tural busi­ness. They also took part in a lead­er­ship panel dis­cus­sion be­fore de­liv­er­ing a speech in front of the judges at the awards din­ner event.

Judges looked for in­di­vid­u­als who can make a dif­fer­ence in their sec­tors and the in­dus­try, go­ing be­yond great skills to also in­clude lead­er­ship, at­ti­tude and per­son­al­ity.

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mike Chap­man, said: ‘‘The Young Grower com­pe­ti­tion is a great way to nur­ture the in­ter­est and pas­sion of the younger gen­er­a­tions as well as show­case the in­dus­try.’’

Scott Wil­cox claimed sec­ond at the Young Grower of the Year Awards.

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