Patrick re­counts his ‘mad’ jour­ney to Ro­tary

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata Ro­tary mem­bers were im­pressed with both lo­cal in­ven­tor Patrick Roskam’s in­no­va­tive mind and great pre­sen­ta­tion re­cently.

The 13 year-old was the group’s guest speaker at their weekly meet­ing on July 15.

He told the as­sem­bled mem­bers and guests about how he in­vented the 5 in 1 Gud­geon Pro for a school sci­ence fair and how that re­sulted in a patented prod­uct, two com­pa­nies and his own lawyer, who he had bribed into a re­duced rate with his mum An­gela’s caramel slice, and an in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est in his prod­uct.

Patrick has had 20 or­ders from Chile and is now look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of trav­el­ling to the coun­try to in­ves­ti­gate the mar­ket.

Patrick said he was un­sure about what he wanted to do when he ‘‘grew up’’, in re­sponse to a ques­tion a Ro­tary mem­ber asked, as he had learnt a lot of com­puter and en­gi­neer­ing skills through de­sign­ing and pro­duc­ing the fenc­ing tool.

Out of 18 as­sess­ments at school, he had gained 17 ex­cel­lences de­spite the time needed to run a busi­ness.

‘‘Af­ter Fiel­d­ays it was a funny feel­ing as so much had gone on to make the Gud­geon Pro’s then get ready for Fiel­d­ays and here I was sit­ting back at school hav­ing to catch up on tests and lots of my teach­ers had no idea about what had hap­pened. I think that is called re­al­ity,’’ he said.

Ro­tary mem­bers were very im­pressed with his self-be­lief and the sup­port of his fam­ily, which in­cluded spend­ing the April hol­i­days as­sem­bling 500 Gud­geon Pros.

A lo­cal farmer and Ro­tary mem­ber, Stew Wadey, com­mended him. ‘‘Your age alone blows us away,’’ he said.

Wadey be­lieved that New Zealand farm­ers needed in­no­va­tors like Patrick to help keep them ahead of the world.

There was a lot of in­ter­est in his fenc­ing tool from the mem­bers af­ter the meet­ing.

Ro­tary mem­ber Gor­don Lukies said he saw sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Patrick and Sir Wil­liam Gal­lagher.

‘‘Gal­lagher had the same ideas as you,’’ he told Patrick.

Ro­tary pres­i­dent Owen Farmilo said the club was al­ways look­ing for in­ter­est­ing people to speak at the meet­ings to keep the club in­formed with what was hap­pen­ing in their com­mu­nity.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

GUEST SPEAKER: Mata­mata in­ven­tor Patrick Roskam, right, last week spoke at Mata­mata Ro­tary’s meet­ing. He is pic­tured with club pres­i­dent Owen Farmilo.

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