Future looks rosy for Stacey

Tuesday, 09 September 2008

Challenger TAFE Floristry student Stacey Pitman has won a coveted gold medal at the recent national WorldSkills competition held in Sydney.

The achievement is the culmination of much hard work, dedication and passion for the Beeliar resident who studies at the College’s Murdoch Campus.

“The standard of designs expected from the competitors is really high,” she explained.

“So it was really challenging, but I managed to remain calm in spite of the pressure.”

The Certificate IV in Floristry student attributes her relaxed attitude to many late nights preparing for the competition and a lot of coaching from the College’s Floristry Lecturer, Beverley Milling.

“Beverley is not just a wonderful teacher, but a friend, and it was her dedication to my training that helped me prepare so well for WorldSkills,” she continued.

Beverley helped Stacey in all aspects of preparation in the 12 weeks leading up to the competition, ensuring that she was well rested, drank no alcohol and got plenty of sleep.

“I used specific coaching skills for her emotional well being and focus,” said Beverley.
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Beverley was by Stacey’s side right up until the end of the competition, giving her the guidance and support she needed in Sydney.

“Stacey is a fantastic competitor – she is well-focused and takes good direction,” she continued.

“She is a great role model for other young adults and I am really proud of her winning this medal.”
Stacey is no stranger to winning medals, having won Interflora and Royal Show competitions, as well as a state WorldSkills gold medal in 2007.

The WorldSkills competition is the largest and most prestigious trade and skills showcase in the country. Australia’s best apprentices, trainees and school students competed for three days for a chance at a gold medal and a berth in the international competition that will be held in Calgary, Canada in May 2009.

For the florists, the competition was especially tough, with competitors given flowers and nine designs to create on the spot.

Stacey’s success cannot only be attributed to her hard work. She also has an unrivalled passion for all things floral. Her work at Flowers in the Garden in Garden City gives her the opportunity to create designs that bring joy to people on a daily basis.

“I love everything about working with flowers,” she said.

“When all the beautiful flowers are delivered to the store, I feel like it’s Christmas. It’s great to see the happiness that flowers bring and seeing people’s faces when they receive a beautiful bouquet.

I just can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.”

Stacey has a firm belief that a high-quality floral design is a significant piece of artwork, and her goal is to bring this calibre of floristry to all that she does in her many ideas for the future.

“I want to do something big – I’m thinking stores, books, demonstrations on cruises, on-shore florists for yachts, teaching and judging,” she said.

“I also want to travel so I can absorb what the industry is doing around the world and then bring a great range of ideas back here.

“There is just so much to achieve and so many things possible for me right now. I’m really looking forward to everything that lies ahead.”

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