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Hospitality student wins WorldSkills gold

By Patrick Nelson

Skyla Stewart with the WorldSkills gold medal Skyla Stewart with the WorldSkills gold medal

An Alice Springs Hospitality graduate has become one of only a handful of Territorians to win a gold medal at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition.

Skyla Stewart won gold in the VETiS Food and Beverage Service category after three days of intense competition at the WorldSkills Nationals in Perth recently.

She had trained at the Desert Lantern training restaurant on Alice Springs campus, graduating last year with a Certificate II in Hospitality.

Skyla was one of three Territorians to win medals, with cookery student Samantha Bennett and Tourism student Louise Austin winning bronze.

Head of the School of Services Industries Bharat Desai said he believed it was the Territory’s best result in many years of competing at WorldSkills National Competitions.

“I congratulate all of the students who made it to the national level and especially the three who won medals,” Mr Desai said.

“It was an outstanding endorsement of the quality of the VET in Schools training conducted across our university.

“It was also a fabulous reflection on the hard work by the likes of Franco Mure, Alison Bonney, Antonio Tjung and other staff who have played such a big part in each student’s success.”

Nine of the 10 Territory representatives at this year’s finals trained through CDU.

Medal winners:
Gold – Skyla Stewart (VETiS Food and Beverage, Alice Springs)
Bronze – Samantha Bennett (VETiS Cookery, Palmerston)
Bronze – Louise Austin (VETiS Tourism, Palmerston).

Other finalists from CDU:
Jasmine Gordon (Beauty), Jay Timney (Retail Bakery-Bread), Cameron McLeod (Cookery), Oliver Schinkel (Electrical Installation), D'Koda Lee-Feeney (Hairdressing), Adrian Quan (Refrigeration).

The Department of Business coordinates and funds WorldSkills competitions in the Northern Territory. Photo by WorldSkills Australia. All rights reserved. Used by permission.