Third place for a nervous Katie
Katie Hipperson has proved she is a rock star - a rock star checkout operator at New World Matamata.
She was full of nerves, but it didn’t prevent her from placing third at the Checker of the Year in Foodstuffs North Island’s annual competition.
With a ‘‘rock star’’ theme this year, competitors’ colleagues, family and friends donned rock star outfits and cheered them on with banners, chants and store mascots.
The checkers were judged by a team of eight senior Foodstuffs staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as quickly as possible, while staying friendly and composed.
From a pool of 100 competitors, Matamata New World staff members Danielle Hoyle, Olivia McCormack and Rebecca Brosnan placed in the top 12.
Courtney Old and Karen Hooten also competed but without a placing.
This was Katie’s third year in the competition.
In 2015, after only two months into the job, Katie placed eighth, however she didn’t place last year after a toothbrush dropped from her check out.
She said the whole experience was nerve racking.
‘‘I didn’t think I did well.
‘‘They got to the top four names, and then I knew I hadn’t placed.
‘‘Then they called me as third and I was like hang on - what! I first thought they had the wrong name.
‘‘I was so overwhelmed and proud of myself,’’ she said.
Matamata New World owners Matthew and Sheree Hart are proud of each of the participants.
They are also thrilled the Matamata team was named the top scoring store, earning them the top team award.
‘‘The top team is an award we have never won,’’ said Sheree.
‘‘The girls really held their composure. Competing on a stage trying to scan fast, be friendly, remember to ask the judge whether they have a club card in front of hundreds of people must have been very nerve racking.
‘‘And to have four of our awesome girls in the top 12 placings (out of 100 competitors), wow, what a brilliant night for New World Matamata.’’
Katie Hipperson (front), Danielle Hoyle, Olivia McCormack and Rebecca Brosnan from New World Matamata.