by Jonno Colfs
WARWICK carpenter Sarah McKendry has received an invitation to Sydney for the finals of the Tradie of the Year competition.
Miss McKendry, 24, has been a crowd favourite since being nominated for the online competition in November, and currently clearly sits in the top three most popular entries nationally.
As such, she's won herself an invite to Sydney in early February for the announcing of the winner, who will win a trip for two to Bali.
Miss McKendry said she was excited about travelling down to Sydney for the awards evening ball with brother James.
"I'm overwhelmed with the support I've had from people I know well and even aquaintances and strangers," she said.
"To me the title of Tradie Of The Year isn't just about a competition, it's showing that women are strong contenders in the modern world, we are stepping up and trying more traditionally male dominated roles and we are doing well.
"I'm stoked to just be recognised as a finalist as well as another couple of girls have also.
"Even if I don't win the number one spot, even if none of the girls win it at least we can say we made the finalist list and we can hold our heads high knowing 'we did it for the girls' although anyone who wins this, male or female, deserves it.
We are all tradies after all."
Miss McKendry said she planned on doing a bit of shopping while in Sydney.
"Yes I am still a girl," she said.
"And probably going out and partying a bit.
"I think the girls are doing so well in the comp because when a female is doing our trade we are passionate about a career in that field.
"It's not all rainbows and butterflies and it takes the right kind of person to be able to stick to it.
So I'm proud of each of us for getting out and doing it."
Miss McKendry said even if she didn't take out the title she would still be extremely proud of herself and excited for the winner.
"We are all winners if we are recognised for doing something we love to do," she said.
"In saying that, I still wouldn't complain about winning a trip to Bali."
Miss McKendry said she was looking forward to February.
"I'm also a bit excited about preparing to 'girly it up' for the awards ball," she said.
"I'm keen to catch up with the other finalists on February 9 for a few beers and a good night, as well as promote the Tradie Of The Year competition for anyone else thinking of doing it in future years.
"And then continuing to party on the 10th with all my mates on my return home."
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