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The winner of the coveted 2016 Steve Hornery Award is Matthew Wills,
who recently competed in WorldSkills Australia in Melbourne in the
Matthew lives with Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic condition that affects
the lungs and digestive system. His decision to become a chef was in
part motivated by his heightened awareness of the necessity of a
Throughout the WorldSkills training and competition periods, Matthew
was observed to always be professional and cheerful. This was in spite
of the difficult daily circumstances his illness entailed. Matthew
also experienced breathing difficulties and stomach cramps, which
necessitated him leaving the competition area for 15 minutes, without
asking for extra time afterwards.
In spite of these ongoing difficulties and setbacks, Matthew came to
within a whisker of achieving a gold medal, eventually being awarded
silver. This was still the highest scoring result of any of the
competitors in his module.
The Steve Hornery Award is presented to a NSW competitor who
demonstrated total commitment and dedication, managed to overcome an
obstacle or adversity of some kind, was unfailingly professional and a
quiet achiever. Matthew is certainly a worthy recipient and is proud
and honoured to have been named the 2016 winner.The presentation
ceremony will take place on Tuesday 29 November at the Ambassador
Restaurant at Ryde Campus.