IN FO­CUS Nicole Fra­gar wins Sil­ver Sten­cil at Syd­ney Royal Easter Show

Dubbo Photo News - - In Focus - Con­trib­uted by KATHY FRA­GAR

NICOLE Fra­gar was se­lected as one of ten en­trants from across Aus­tralia to com­pete for the Gold Sten­cil in Wool class­ing at this year’s Syd­ney Royal Easter Show. The com­pe­ti­tion brought to­gether the top 10 Grad­u­ate Wool Classers na­tion­ally and was held on Wed­nes­day, April 17.

Nicole com­pleted her cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for Wool Class­ing through Dubbo TAFE late last year. As the top stu­dent from our re­gion, she was se­lected to rep­re­sent us at the Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion.

In shear­ing sheds across Aus­tralia, reg­is­tered wool classers pre­pare wool clips to meet stan­dards re­quired by the Aus­tralian Wool Ex­change (AWEX) Wool Classer Code of Prac­tice, en­sur­ing it is prop­erly graded for the world’s wool trade.

Aim­ing to recog­nise ex­cel­lence in wool class­ing and ed­u­ca­tion, the AWEX/ TAFE Grad­u­ate Wool Classer Com­pe­ti­tion is a chance to chal­lenge TAFE wool class­ing stu­dents and put their learn­ing to the test.

The com­pe­ti­tion was held in the Sheep and Wool Pav­il­ion at Syd­ney Show­ground at Olympic Park and con­sisted of six rounds, three of those were sort­ing and clas­si­fy­ing Broad, Medium & Fine wool into cat­e­gories (called lines), with a writ­ten sum­mary (called a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion) of those lines. Other rounds in­cluded wool iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, val­u­a­tions, as well as a five minute talk.

Af­ter a big day of com­pe­ti­tion, Nicole was an­nounced the win­ner of the Sil­ver Sten­cil.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all ten en­trants, just be­ing se­lected is some­thing to be proud of. Com­pe­ti­tion was close, with the top five fi­nal­ists sep­a­rated by just 2.5 points.

Nicole was trained by Frank Roberts, Dubbo TAFE.

Nicole Fra­gar be­ing pre­sented with her rib­bon and tro­phy at the 2019 AWEX/TAFE Na­tional Grad­u­ate Wool classer com­pe­ti­tion. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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