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Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge

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Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge

Date: December, TBC
Venue: TBC

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Date: 25th & 26th November
Venue: Hamilton College, SA

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2003 Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge

As part of National Youth Week 2003 the Tasmanian Division of the Australian International Model Solar Vehicle Challenge was held at Woodbridge District High School on Saturday. In overcast conditions all the teams entered competed well. Teams came from as far a field as Devonport.

Last years winning school in the Model Solar Car Challenge, Clarence High represented by Ewen Jeffery, was pipped by his brother Kent Jeffery from Rosny College, for the state Model Solar Car Title. Third and fourth were teams from the host Woodbridge District High and fifth was a team from Queechy High in Launceston who were unbeaten until the finals. These five teams with their cars were selected to represent Tasmania at the National Finals in Adelaide in November and receive prize money to help with the trip from our sponsors. Fastest time for the day went to another Queechy team who did not make the finals!

In conjunction with the Solar Car race was the Secondary Solar Boat Race, which was won by the reigning state champion Theo Wadsley for the third year. The Distance Education student was closely pushed by two teams from Rosny College.

New this year was the Primary Solar Boat race that attracted a huge field and was won by a team of female students from Woodbridge District High: Honni Mooy-Cox, Jane Haley, Jessica Groombridge and Kimberly Welling. This boat on the day was faster than the secondary boat. Large teams represented Snug Primary (Maureen Headlam), Lindisfarne Primary (Kerry Aspinall) and Woodbridge District High (Graham Armstrong). Well Done to these school s and teachers on this great effort!

All 100 competitors received participation certificates and winners received T-shirts and trophies from the sponsors Hydro Tasmania and The Institution of Engineers for supplying money for airfares to the finals, Pure Foods for the competition T-shirts and fine trophies and Sunsmart for providing a nice non-rainy but cloudy day.

Hoping for a bigger and sunnier event next year. Thanks also to local media for their support of this student event especially Rick Patterson from ABC Radio, ABC Radio news, The Mercury Newspaper, Southern Cross TV and WIN TV.