Wallie Askew 2017
Realcold are once again the principal sponsor at the 2017 IRHACE
Wallie Askew Memorial Workskills Competition. This is the 12th year
in the competition's 19 year history that Realcold will be
sponsoring the competition. Realcold's Technical Manager, Dave
Nicholl's has been organising and running the practical side of the
competition since 2008.
The season kicked off last night in Christchurch and continues
round New Zealand throughout April. Each region has 2 - 4
refrigeration apprentices competing to earn a place in the New
Zealand final which will be held at the 2017 IRHACE Conference in
Auckland from 11 to 12 May.
The competitors have to undertake 3 practical tests and 1 theory
test over a 3 hour timeframe. The regional winners will then
compete in the national final, which is a challenging two day
The national competition last year was won by Jock McVicar from
Commercial Industrial Refrigeration. As part of his prize he joined
the Realcold team at ARBs in Melbourne in May 2016.
This year Realcold will be donating the main prize - $4,000
Travel Voucher - and contributing a significant amount of man power
and tools to ensure the competition's continued success.
Wallie Askew served as President of NZIRACE from 1974 -1982 and
was awarded Life Membership for his achievements during this
service. The Wallie Askew Memorial Workskills Competition was
established by IRHACE in 1999 on the tenth anniversary of the
tragic deaths of Wallie and his wife Betty in a traffic accident.
Wallie was a strong supporter of the HVAC&R industry, the
Institute, and apprentice training.