Wallie Askew Memorial Workskills Competition

Incorporating the Wallie Askew Memorial Prize and Trophy


Wallie Askew served as President of NZIRACE from 1974 -1982 and was awarded Life Membership for his achievements during this service. The Wallie Askew Memorial Workskills Competition was established by IRHACE in 1999 on the tenth anniversary of the tragic deaths of Wallie and his wife Betty in a traffic accident. Wallie was a strong supporter of the HVAC&R industry, the Institute, and apprentice training. 


“I did not set out to lead the Institute eight years ago with any thought of reward or personal aggrandisement. I saw that leadership was required. I felt I might have something to offer.”

 Wallie Askew, p.7 Thermonews, April/May 1982


The aim of the competition is to introduce HVAC&R apprentices to IRHACE and encourage their interaction with the organisation by providing an environment for them to meet members and attend the Annual HVAC&R Industry Conference.


Competitors must meet the following requirements:

* Competitors must be a 3rd or 4th-year apprentice who has successfully completed their third-year block course; or

* Former apprentices who have completed their training within the past twelve months set by conference date.

* Entrants can only enter once.


A National Committee is appointed by the IRHACE Council to oversee and support the competitions. The National Committee will appoint and support a National Officer to drive the national competitions.

Regional Competitions

Regional competitions are to be run and organised by the IRHACE regional branches with a set format provided by the National Committee. Competitions will be split into three sections:

1. Fault finding (20%)

2. Practical (50%)

3. Examination of general knowledge (30%)

The competition will explore the apprentices' current technical ability; theory knowledge and skill level with a practical exercise.


Thank you to the many sponsors that continue to support this initiative donating prizes both regionally and nationally.

A special thank you to Realcold who are pivotal in the success of this competition as they continue to donate the main prize, manpower to assist at the competition and tools.