Skillaroos to do battle

TAFE Student Courtney New won Gold in Fashion Technology.

PANANIA fashion technologist, Courtney New has secured a place on the Australian WorldSkills team following her success at the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships.

Take on world in Russia

After just returning from Melbourne where she competed against competitors from seven countries in a practice competition, Courtney will be visiting Russia in August to compete against other apprentices and trainees from 60 other countries in the fashion technology category.
“Before that, though, I will be going to Russia for the first time in about three weeks to compete in another practice competition which is really great experience,” she said.
To win gold in the WorldSkills Australia National Championships, Courtney, 20, who has just finished her Diploma of Applied Fashion and Merchandising at TAFE Ultimo, had to pattern-make, cut, sew and produce a jacket in just a couple of hours.
“It was tough but turned out so well and has certainly boosted my confidence,” she said.
“There were so many great competitors so it was a big surprise to win and now I’m looking to learning more in Russia.”
Joining Courtney in Russia as a Skillaroo in August, Greenacre’s Anthony Ters won bronze in Automotive Mechanics.
The former De La Salle College Bankstown student, Anthony, 21, gave credit to his school for encouraging him to undertake school-based study in mechanics during Years 11 and 12.
“The school really put me on the right track and also helped me find my apprenticeship with Suttons Motors in Chullora where I was able to greatly develop my skills and experience,” he said.
“It’s unbelievable that I have been judged the third best in the country.”