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