TWO locals will be heading to the national Young Farmer Challenge at next year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, after their team took out top place in the recent state final, held at the Royal Adelaide Show.
The ‘Mid North’ team, comprising Gawler’s Nick Pettigrew, Roseworthy’s David Hayman, along with Andrew Hall, of Manoora, and Chelsea Dahlenberg, of Naracoorte, battled its way through a series of farm-themed challenges, against three other teams and in front of large crowds.
The team ended with a hot lap in an Isuzu Dmax ute and a skol of a Farmers Union iced coffee, to take out the win in a time of 11 minutes and 25 seconds.
Mr Hayman said the team was rapt with the result, especially after placing second at the Eudunda Show and being called up as a last-minute replacement.
“With us all being from an agricultural industry – we can all put up fences, and have all had experience fighting fires and things like that – it was really about making sure we didn’t break the rules, and just tried to get the job done as best we could,” he said.
“It was quite energetic being out there (on the Adelaide Show oval)…and when you hear the roar of a crowd behind you, you think ‘I’m going to really put my best foot forward, and perform as best as I can’.”
The team will now contest the national round of the Young Farmer Challenge at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, next March, to compete against other state champs.
Mr Pettigrew, who has worked as a gardener for Gawler Council for the past 10 years, said he is really excited about the trip.
“I’ve never been to the Sydney Show, so it will be good to go over and see that,” he said.
“Others who have been to the nationals have always talked it up and said what a good experience it was, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
The Young Farmer Challenge has been held at the Gawler Show for the past two years and is set to return in 2018.