Tracey was a champion indeed, winning the final championship of the UK National Skill Florist Competition. This competition was held over two days in total thirteen and a half hours worth. Tracey won the competition by a huge margin, creating fantastic designs.
Award Winning Florist
In this National Championships Tracey was up against competitors that had won heats in their feeder competitions, her fellow competitors represented; Interflora, Teleflorist, the BFA, Youth Skill Council, but Tracey won out and by a huge margin, most unusual for a competition of this type.
Tracey was so pleased to be the Society of Floristry representative, an organisation that did such sterling work for the Floristry Industry.
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NATIONAL FINAL SkillFLORIST COMPETITION
THE WORLD SKILLS COMPETITION (SKILL OLYMPICS)
Teleflorist has. once again. featured in a national competition final. We are very proud to announce that. representing the Society of Floristry. Tracey Griffin of Flowers (Member 8l662). Southampton came first in SkillFLORlST National Competition. Tracey has worked at Flowers since June 1998 and has attended the Welsh College of Horticulture where. in I996. she achieved the BTEC National Diploma in Floristry (including NEBSM and The Society of Floristry’s ICSF). Previously she attended Sparsholt College where she achieved City and Guilds. National Certificate in Floristry (which includes City & Guilds Parts 3. 4 and 5 in Floristry) and the BTEC lst Diploma in Floristry.
Tracey says it was natural for her to choose floristry as a career because she had grown up in the industry: her mother owns two florist shops in the Southampton waterside area. Tracey is 22 years old and lives in Holbury near Southampton , Hampshire. She has one brother and has” been with her partner Neil for five years. Her particular interests are walking. she loves the countryside. and Floristry!… Floristry!…
Unfortunately. due to the age limit for the World Final. in November this year. Tracey will not be able to represent the country and this honour has been taken on by the second placed competitor. Claire Tosh. who represents lnterflora. Tracey has however, been offered a consultancy with Zwetsloots and is, of course, a competitor in the Intermediate Section of the Teleflorist Championships UK & Ireland. Finals in Solihull. in September.
Both Tracey and Lisa are Finalists in the lntermediate section of the Teleflorist Championships.
Pictured are the five finalists representing the industry including, on the far left, lisa Marie Clark and second from the right, with her trophy, Tracey Griffin