Cobram’s Kyla Wagner will take on the industry’s best at the Tradie Olympics in June.
The Beechworth Bakery apprentice baker will battle it out at Australia’s largest and most prestigious trade and skills competition.
The regional WorldSkills competitions were held from July to October last year at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s Shepparton and Wangaratta campuses across a variety of fields, including building, automotive, plumbing, baking, hairdressing and beauty therapy.
The WorldSkills national championships will see 500 competitors aged 16 to 24 representing 60 skills.
With more than 20000 spectators, 300 judges, 120 volunteers and $10million worth of materials and equipment, competitors will spend up to 20 hours battling it out with the nation’s best tradies.
Baking was a natural choice for Ms Wagner, who comes from a family with industry experience.
‘‘I worked with my family and developed a passion for it,’’ Ms Wagner said.
‘‘I work with pastry, so it allows me to be creative. There was a steep learning curve for pastry and I enjoy the challenge.’’
Ms Wagner was looking forward to meeting people at the competition and had been practising her technique.
‘‘I feel pretty nervous about it all, but the practice we’re putting in will get me ready,’’ she said.
‘‘You get a timeframe to make certain things and they judge you on a range of criteria.
‘‘They judge on presentation, taste, quality and the way you work.
‘‘I have some experience with competitions but this is a big one and should be a good test of our skills.’’