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NMIT Students win Medallion of Excellence at Worldskills International Landscape Gardening

12 Aug 2013

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE’s (NMIT) Landscape students Ryan Dahlblom and Alden Meale performed exceptionally well to win a Medallion of Excellence in the finals at the Worldskills International Landscape Gardening competition in Leipzig, Germany.

The Australian pair are both from NMIT’s Certificate III in Horticulture course with Alden recently completing the course and Ryan in his third year. They have been   mentored by Chris Howlett, a Landscaping teacher from NMIT’s Horticulture department. Ryan and Alden competed against 15 other finalists from around the globe. 

Since winning first and second prize at the 2012 World Skills National Competition held in Sydney, both Alden and Ryan have juggled work, studies and training for WorldSkills.

Each team had four days to finish landscaping a set garden with quality of finish being the prime objective.   

The competitors had to complete a water feature, seats and paving, stepping slabs, planting and presentation within the four days of competition. 

The two Australians were well placed for a medal but a misread  measurement for the water feature meant vital time was lost in rebuilding the water feature on day 2.  They worked hard to catch up but unfortunately missed out on a medal placing.

Ryan and Alden received a commendation for their high scores and received a medallion of excellence.  Although disappointed by missing out on a medal, the pair were happy that they managed to score highly despite the setback on day two of the competition. 

 “I was so proud of Alden and Ryan for what they achieved,” said Chris Howlett. “The way they applied and conducted themselves was fantastic.”

“I was thrilled with all the feedback with people being ‘wowed’ by the fact that both competitors were from NMIT., It really spoke volumes for our Institute.”

“I felt that it was so worthwhile, so many people were introduced to NMIT, so many knew about us and were amazed that NMIT trained  all the Aussie contingent for the Landscape category. Hopefully the exposure that Alden and Ryan have had will enable them to assist any future aspirants to being successful in this category in the not too distant future.”

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