Skillful Rachel scores triple hat-trick

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Borders College student Rachel Terras notched a superb hat-trick of three gold medals in a row with her success in recent national skills awards.

For the third year, Rachel, who works at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, took gold in the senior heat of the painting and decorating competition at the WorldSkills UK Scottish Awards ceremony, held recently at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Greg McConnell who is employed by Graham Mackinson in Peebles, took silver in the junior heat of the same event.

Stuart Keiller of GMS Harkins, Duns, who could not attend the ceremony, also achieved a silver medal in the senior brickwork competition.

WorldSkills UK runs quality assured skills competitions annually, with the aim of encouraging people across the UK to excel in their vocational skill.

The presentation was held to applaud the young talent that Scotland is producing in many different vocations.

Accompanying the students to the ceremony were painting and decorating course tutor Barbara Hastie and Kenny Thomson, head of the construction and rural industries faculty, who commented: “To have three students winning medals is a fantastic achievement for the faculty, especially when this is the third year in succession that the painters and bricklayers have come up with the goods.

“It is also a fantastic personal achievement for Rachel as this is the third year in a row that she has won a gold medal.”

Rachel will find out in June if she has won a place to represent her country at the London 2011 WorldSkills Competition in October