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​Hunter TAFE Arboriculture student Steven Adams has reached new heights at the 2016 Mid North Coast Arbor Tree Climbing Championships. Steven, from Berkeley Vale, competed in the Rookie division of the competition, winning three out of the five events he competed in. He was triumphant in the adrenalin-pumping contests of speed climb, throwline and work climb.
 
Steven, who is completing Certificate III in Arboriculture at Hunter TAFE’s Kurri Kurri campus, is keen undertake the Diploma course in the future and plans a long career as an arborist. “I just love climbing,” he said. “When you’re up high in a tree it’s like you’re in another world.”
 
The event was staged at Kempsey Golf Course over three days and was estimated to have drawn over 200 attendees from within the high stakes industry. Forty-one competitors from NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria and New Zealand, as well as one international visitor, competed at the event, which is recognised as one of leading competitions for arborists in the state.
 
Hunter TAFE Teacher of Horticulture, John Atkins, attended the event and was impressed by the skills demonstrated. “Tree climbing competitions are run throughout the world according to a set of international rules,” he said. “Competitors are real athletes and working arborists, men and women who on a daily basis climb, prune and remove trees for a living.”