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7 – 14 July 2024
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Michael Clinch

Apprentice of the Year

Michael Clinch has shown commitment and dedication to achieve his dream of becoming a motor mechanic.

Growing up in Koonibba Aboriginal Community in South Australia, Michael was inspired by his grandfather who told him he could be anything he wanted to be if he put his mind to it and was committed. Michael watched his grandfathers and uncles fixing cars for the community with pride and passion, and from a young age, he knew he wanted to do the same.

Michael recently completed his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic with Repco in Adelaide. Bright and motivated, Michael rarely missed any days of his apprenticeship despite living more than 25 kilometres away and needing to rely on public transport to get there.

As well as completing his apprenticeship, Michael also cemented his position in the North Adelaide Football league.

Michael is a loving father and partner and an inspirational role model to the Koonibba Aboriginal Community.

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