12 March 2015

Wallie Askew

Realcold are once again the principal sponsor at the 2015 IRHACE Wallie Askew Memorial Workskills Competition. This is the 10th year in the competition's 17 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 2015 IRHACE Conference in Christchurch in May.

The competitors have to undertake 3 practical tests and 1 theroy test over a 3 hour timeframe. The regional winners will then compete in the national final, which is a challenging two day task. 

The national competition last year was won by Richard Taylor from Nelson. As part of his prize he joined the Realcold team at ARBs in Melbourne in May 2014. This year Realcold will be donating the main prize and contributing a significant amount of man power and tools to ensure the competition's continued success.

The Wallie Askew Competition is named after the IRHACE presdient Wallie Askew who served from 1974 - 1982. He was awarded a lifetime membership for his achievements during his service. He was a strong supporter of IRHACE, the HVAC&R industry and apprentice training.  The competition began in 1999, 10 years after his tragic death.

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