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DAVID VOORDEN HAS beaten the best from Aus­tralia and New Zealand to earn the ti­tle of Mer­cury Marine’s 2018 Tech­ni­cian of the Year.

David, from Leisure Coast Marine in Fairy Meadow, out­side Wol­lon­gong, bat­tled his way past tech­ni­cians from across Aus­tralia and New Zealand to col­lect the first prize of a brand-new Mer­cury 60hp EFI four-stroke out­board.

In the fi­nal, held at Mer­cury Marine HQ in Mel­bourne’s Dan­de­nong South, David and five other re­gional fi­nal­ists had just 45 min­utes each to di­ag­nose and re­pair ‘faults’ in three dif­fer­ent EFI en­gines – 40hp, 115hp and 135hp.

They had to ver­ify the fault, iso­late the failed sys­tem and com­po­nent, re­pair/re­place the faulty com­po­nent and then test the re­pair. Com­peti­tors were awarded points for their process and speed.

When it was all over, only eight points sep­a­rated the top three: David Voorden (Leisure Coast Marine, NSW), 153 points; Joshua Kam­mann-smith (Rifen Marine, Qld), 147 points and Garry Wat­son (Mid­way Marine, WA), 145 points.

The com­pe­ti­tion, in its sec­ond year, started with qual­i­fied tech­ni­cians com­pet­ing at a re­gional level in NSW, Vic, Qld, SA, WA and New Zealand be­fore mov­ing through to the fi­nal. The other re­gional win­ners were Cam Williams (Stihl shop, NZ), Craig Bell (Hodge Marine, SA) and Andrew Chop­ping (Sealand Marine, Vic).

Ad­di­tional high achieve­ment awards were given to Ben Cas­tle (Gulfland Marine, NZ), Troy Walsh (Sportscraft Marine, NZ) and Nigel John­son (Wanaka Marine, NZ).

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