Girls ad­vance in ru­ral teen con­test

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

For­est View High School stu­dents Rachel Durie and Caitlin Brid­son are show­ing the boys how it’s done.

The pair per­formed well at the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Teenage Com­pe­ti­tion over the week­end at St Paul’s Col­le­giate in Hamil­ton to ad­vance to the na­tional stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

This event was held in con­junc­tion with the ANZ Young Farmer Con­test, and is or­gan­ised by the Young Farm­ers Club.

The com­pe­ti­tion also saw Camp­bell Evans and Ngahihi Te Paea, also from For­est View High School, com­pete in the fenc­ing chal­lenge to a high level. The event in­volved demon­strat­ing a va­ri­ety of skills and knowl­edge.

Con­tes­tants had to take part in a gen­eral knowl­edge quiz, iden­tify sheep and cat­tle breeds, com­plete a fenc­ing task, iden­tify an­i­mal body parts, com­plete a firearms quiz, match crop plants and their seeds, as­sem­ble a raft and float it and do a team­work trust ex­er­cise.

Seven teams were then se­lected to go on to the Agrisports sec­tion which fo­cussed on prac­ti­cal skills and team­work.

For­est View High School teacher Mary-Ann Mathis said that Rachel and Caitlin did very well in this sec­tion.

‘‘Stand­ing up in strong com­pe­ti­tion with agri­cul­tural stu­dents from across the re­gion has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

A wide range of prac­ti­cal skills, farm and gen­eral knowl­edge was cov­ered in a short time and kept con­tes­tants work­ing.

The New Zealand Young Farm­ers or­gan­i­sa­tion is work­ing hard to pro­mote farm­ing and involvement in the or­gan­i­sa­tion and is ac­tively work­ing with pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dents across the coun­try.

THE BEST: For­est View High School stu­dents Rachel Durie and Caitlin Brid­son have made it to the na­tional Teenage Com­pe­ti­tion.

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