Fri 31 Aug 2018

Foden wins tyre challenge

Technique beat brawn to win a race to change a tyre at the Taranaki Careers and Training Expo in New Plymouth.

There were plenty of confident young and not-so-young contenders who reckoned they had the strength to be fastest on the day. But the two who led the way at the end of the competition were slender teenagers from Inglewood and Hawera High.

Foden Petersen, 17, and Aidan Kelsey, 16, were well schooled for the event – they spend Thursdays at WITT as first year automotive trades academy students.

Hāwera’s Aidan set the benchmark by getting the tyre off and back on in a swift 1m 26s.

Foden, from Inglewood High, had a go but was so far off the pace he went for a walk around the expo, gathered his thoughts, and came back to try again – this time managing a winning time of 1m 25s.

He collected a multi meter as his prize.

Foden, who aspires to become a diesel mechanic and work his way around the world, says he always gives his best – “I go flat out, I always want my team to win,” he says.

The two students are part of a group of 22 students from Taranaki secondary schools getting an early opportunity to learn automotive skills at WITT through its Trades Academy, and tutors Kerrie Thomson-Booth and Nigel Goble were delighted with their success.

They rate the students highly.

“They are an awesome, fun enthusiastic group of students and we look forward to some of them returning next year to continue with our Full time Pre –Trade course,” Kerrie said.