TGS Groundsman One of the Best in the Country27th June 2019
It’s the green, green grass of Grammar – drive past Toowoomba Grammar School’s beautifully manicured grounds and it would come as no surprise that the School’s Groundsmen are rated among the best in Australia.
Their youngest greenkeeper, 22-year-old Micah Mathewson, has taken out the title of Queensland Apprentice of the Year, Sports Turf Association.
Groundsmen work for organisations ranging from golf clubs and sports associations to schools and councils, preparing fields, ovals, golf courses, parks and gardens.
Mr Mathewson was one of seven finalists selected from hundreds of applicants across Queensland and he was shocked but thrilled when he won the award.
“Micah really deserves that title,” said Toowoomba Grammar School Grounds Co-ordinator, Mr Danny Beresford, who nominated him for Apprentice of the Year.
“He’s been at TGS for three and a half years now and is very reliable, dedicated, hard-working and has a real eye for detail. Apprentices like that are hard to come by these days.”
Mr Mathewson returns to Toowoomba tomorrow (Thursday, 27 June) after representing Queensland at the National Apprentice of the Year, Sports Turf Association but unfortunately it was the NSW representative who won.
Mr Mathewson’s not disappointed however, as his prize for being named Queensland Apprentice of the Year includes spending a week in Melbourne in September to help prepare the renowned MCG for the AFL Grand Final, an opportunity most greenkeepers around the country could only dream of.
“That’s regarded as virtually the pinnacle of your career for a greenkeeper in Australia,” said Mr Beresford.
“To have the chance to work at the MCG with the experienced groundsmen there is sensational, Micah will learn a lot.”