Join Port Elizabeth and MyPE in congratulating Mover and Shaker, Natasha Lee Meiring from Hair Dimensions:
20 year old Natasha Lee Meiring, a hairdresser for Linton Grange hair salon, Hair Dimensions, received a phone call this morning that will surely change her life. Natasha has been selected to represent South Africa in the WorldSkills competition taking place in Leipzig, Germany from 2 to 7 July 2013.
Natasha has taken part in the last three Eastern Cape Hairdressing Championships and clinched first place in the Provincial and Nationals competitions this year after a 3rd and a 2nd in the regional competitions. The national skills championship is only open to persons under 21.
The WorldSkills Competition is held by WorldSkills International, a membership organisation made up of 61 countries and regions. This year the WorldSkills competition will see 1 000 competitors representing their countries in different vocational skills. They will be accompanied by over 1 000 experts, 2,000 industry specialists are expected to search for talent and over 200 000 visitors will attend the various competitions. All contributing to a unique environment for companies and educational institutions to showcase their commitment to vocational training and share news and views with instructors from all over the world.
The WorldSkills competitions are held every other year and hosted by a different country each time. WorldSkills 2009 took place in Canada, the UK hosted the 2011 Competition and now Leipzig, Germany will host 2013.
In order to clinch her place in Team South Africa, Natasha won the Eastern Cape Provincial competition and then, for the National competition in Johannesburg had to provide two mannequins and style one in a day style and the other in an upstyle. According to Natasha’s employer, Marion van Wyk, the upstyle demands greater skills from the hairdresser as the style is; “…. more artistic and way out than your normal bridal and special occasion styles.”
A proud Marion trained Natasha from the start of her apprenticeship and says; “Natasha is extremely talented, fun loving, loved by our clients and yet a very humble and focused person.”
An ecstatic Natasha said; “My passion has always been hair and I would love to be the first South African to win this competition. My strength is in an artistic style of hairdressing.”
For the next five months Natasha’s designated national trainer, Dennis Randall, will fly to Port Elizabeth every weekend to train her for the competition.
Read more about the WorldSkills 2013 competition.