Ma­jor ac­co­lade for Ta­tel

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Toy­ota can boast it em­ploys the top Toy­ota tech­ni­cian in Aus­tralia.

Jun­cel Ta­tel, 30, won Toy­ota Na­tional Skills Com­pe­ti­tion’s tech­ni­cian cat­e­gory at a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony in Mel­bourne last week.

Mr Ta­tel has lived and worked as a me­chanic in Hor­sham for the past five years af­ter em­i­grat­ing from the Philip­pines.

He has rep­re­sented Hor­sham Toy­ota at the skills com­pe­ti­tion for four years, fin­ish­ing as a na­tional fi­nal­ist in 2016 and 2017 be­fore win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion this year.

Mr Ta­tel was also pre­vi­ously the Philip­pines’ Toy­ota na­tional skills cham­pion in 2012.

He said he was thrilled to win the ti­tle, which comes with a week-long trip to Japan for an awards cer­e­mony with other na­tional cham­pi­ons next year.

“It is my pas­sion,” he said. “It’s some­thing I love to do. It was a big chal­lenge for me and I’m very happy to win.”

The com­pe­ti­tion in­volves both a quiz and prac­ti­cal skills as­sess­ments in front of a panel of judges.

Three tech­ni­cians from each re­gion qual­ify for re­gional fi­nals, with the cham­pi­ons of each re­gion pro­gress­ing to the na­tional fi­nal.

Mr Ta­tel said he was ex­cited to travel to Japan with his part­ner next year.

He said the cou­ple would try to take its young son along as part of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mr Ta­tel thanked his bosses, in­clud­ing Hor­sham Toy­ota ser­vice de­part­ment man­ager Brad Dwyer, for help­ing him achieve the award.

Mr Dwyer said Hor­sham Toy­ota was proud of Mr Ta­tel’s achieve­ments, de­scrib­ing him as a ‘fine tech­ni­cian’.

He said Mr Ta­tel wanted to con­tinue to im­prove his skills and move into the mas­ter tech­ni­cian cat­e­gory at fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.

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