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Tamworth students battle the nation's best


Courtney Baldwin 

Four TAFE NSW Tamworth students will take on some of the best young apprentices in the state at the WorldSkills national finals in Sydney this weekend.


Joseph Ussher (Auto Electrical), Dayna Moyses (Cookery), Courtney Baldwin (Hairdressing) and Cody Donnelly (Heavy Vehicle Mechanics) will tackle the country’s largest vocational education and excellence competition.


The main aim for the four Tamworth students will be to win gold this weekend and earn a place on the Australian Skillaroos team to compete at the WorldSkills international finals in Russia in 2019.


“I’ve been training very hard and it would just be amazing to win nationals and be given the opportunity to represent Australia in Russia,” Ms Moyses said.


“It’s what I have been working towards and to be able to showcase my skills to a wider audience and learn from the best across the world would really benefit my career,” Mr Donnelly added.


TAFE NSW teacher and WorldSkills site crew member Cameron Falzon said the four Tamworth students were well prepared for the competition at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, and he expected them to perform well.


“These eight extremely skillful TAFE NSW Tamworth students have earnt the right to compete at the state level after upstaging the best local talent at the regional WorldSkills competition,” he said.


“The students have spent countless hours preparing for this competition, and derived great benefit from a weekend development camp in March where more than 300 TAFE NSW students converged in Orange and Bathurst for a two-day extensive training exercise. 


“Having worked closely with the team, I’m confident the local competitors not only have the skills to do well in Sydney, but go on to achieve success at the international finals in Russia.”


The WorldSkills Australia 2018 National Championships will be held at ICC Sydney from June 2-4. For information, visit