Sur­prise award for Gud­geon Pro tool

Matamata Chronicle - - News/sport - By ABBY BROWN

Gud­geon Pro 5 in 1 in­ven­tor Pa­trick Roskam has beat out much big­ger agri­cul­tural com­pa­nies and gained an­other award af­ter at­tend­ing sev­eral Fiel­d­ays.

He in­vented the fenc­ing tool at the age of 11 for a school science fair. The now 14-yearold and his par­ents took a work­ing hol­i­day and at­tended the North­land Fiel­d­ays in Dar­gav­ille, the Cen­tral Dis­tricts Fiel­d­ays in Feild­ing and the South Is­land Agri­cul­tural Field Days in Kir­wee re­cently.

The South Is­land event was very re­ward­ing for the Roskams. Pa­trick en­tered the South Is­land Agri In­no­va­tion Awards in class 2, which was for farm aids and tools and farm in­ven­tions.

‘‘ There were a mas­sive 13 other en­tries in this cat­e­gory,’’ Pa­trick said. He had to tell five judges about the Gud­geon Pro. ‘‘I was up against some big com­pa­nies such as Dow AgroS­ciences and Te Pari Prod­ucts so I was hop­ing to pos­si­bly get a merit award but I was blown away when they an­nounced I had won that class. It was awe­some to get val­i­da­tion again that I had a great prod­uct, es­pe­cially com­pared to such suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies with teams of peo­ple and de­part­ments be­hind them.’’

The award also came with a ‘‘big sur­prise of $1000’’ but he thought the award was more im­por­tant.

He also ful­filled a dream of get­ting on to prime time news. He had al­ready been in­ter­viewed by Seven Sharp in 2013, which he said had been ‘‘awe­some but ev­ery­one watches the news’’. ‘‘ I was a bit shocked when they came to in­ter­view me about my prod­uct as the win­ner of class 2 and was stoked when I got a mas­sive 30 sec­onds on One News.’’

The Roskam fam­ily will con­tinue to ex­hibit, in­clud­ing at the Na­tional Fiel­d­ays in June at Mys­tery Creek where he will be in the main pav­il­ion.

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