Tom Welch and Ben Millar with their certificates

Darfield duo on the podium

by Mike Isle

The talented team of Tom Welsh and Ben Millar from Darfield High School have had a podium finish at the Tasman regional finals of FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year competition.

The pair, both 17, finished third in the final contested by 40 high school students from across the region.

It is not the first time Tom has taken a leading role in the FMG Junior Young Farmer competition. In 2017 he along with fellow Darfield student Brooke McKay won the TeenAg Team Award at the regional finals.

This year’s first place went to Rangiora High School students from Rangiora High Caitlin Rhodes, 16, and Luci Grigg, 16, who won the hotly-contested
event at the Amuri Showgrounds on Saturday.

Caitlin and Luci are the second all-girl team to win an FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year regional final this year.

About 60 high school students from across the Tasman region worked in pairs to tackle a raft of challenges.

The modules tested the students’ practical and theoretical skills and included a quiz hosted by comedian Te Radar.

“These students are operating at a very high level,” said Te Radar. “The questions they were answering in the quiz were taken from previous FMG Young Farmer of the Year regional finals.” Charlie Kinney, 17, and Jack Stokes, 17, from St Andrew’s College in Christchurch, took out second place.

The two top teams have qualified for the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Hawke’s Bay.