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Emily strikes gold at WorldSkills

Months of hard work and dedication have paid off for South Regional TAFE beauty therapy student Emily Blechynden of Albany, who recently won a gold medal at the Regional WorldSkills competition in Perth.

Emily was the only entrant into the competition from this region, so she pitted her skills against her metropolitan rivals and came out on top.

WorldSkills is an international event to recognise and reward excellence in vocational skills.

Emily is keeping her fingers crossed that she will be selected to represent Western Australia in the national championships, to be held in Sydney next June.

Regional gold medallists from all over Australia may be chosen to compete for the national championships, and from the winners of that competition, a team of Skillaroos will travel overseas and compete against the world’s best in 2019.

Working four days a week at her job at Renew Spa Salon since mid-year gave Emily only one day a week to study for her Diploma of Beauty Therapy at the college’s Albany campus, but she has capably handled her study load and excelled in her course.

“It’s been hard work but I knuckled down and it’s paid off,” Emily said.

At the WorldSkills regional final, Emily was given a list of tasks including a 1½-hour facial as well as an eyebrow tint, eyelash tint, eyebrow wax, leg wax and French manicure, all carried out on her friend Renae Baum, who travelled with her.

“I felt nervous at first, because I wasn’t familiar with the products, so I was madly reading the labels, but once I started, I felt more confident and everything flowed,” Emily said.

“I had read the marking key, so I knew what the judges were looking for, and that helped,” she said.

The likeable 17-year-old now has seven months to sharpen her skills in case she is chosen to travel to Sydney.

“It’s going to be hard work with lots of preparation and practice between now and then,” Emily said.

She paid tribute to the support and encouragement of her employers and colleagues at Renew Spa Salon and her TAFE lecturers.

“I’ve loved the course, it’s taught me not just about beauty therapy, but a lot about myself and other people,” Emily said.

Though she will leave TAFE after she gains her Diploma of Beauty Therapy next month, Emily plans to continue working at Renew Spa Salon and hone her skills and experience.

Page last updated November 16, 2017