The Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA) today announced the winner of the BIA Apprentice of the Year 2023 Award, presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney International Boat Show.

BIA CEO Andrew Scott said this annual recognition celebrates the remarkable achievements and contributions of outstanding apprentices in the marine industry.

“This Award highlights the importance of nurturing and supporting talent for a thriving future in boating,” he said. “The marine industry is a vibrant and exciting sector where boating continues to be a stand-out activity across the country.”

The recipient of the BIA Apprentice of the Year 2023 award is Beau Deathridge, a dedicated 4th year apprentice marine mechanic from Douglas Marine, located in Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Throughout his apprenticeship, Beau has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills, proving himself an invaluable asset to Douglas Marine. His outstanding academic performance at TAFE NSW further exemplifies his commitment to excellence.

With an unwavering can-do attitude, Beau tackles every task, no matter the scale, with enthusiasm and a smile. Whether working independently on-site or off-site, he consistently exhibits professionalism and proficiency in his craft, especially when dealing with diesel engines. His relentless pursuit of excellence has earned him the reputation of a top-tier tradesman.

Beau was presented with a well-deserved trophy, certificate and a $1000 voucher for tools from BIA Gold Partner, Repco Commercial during the award ceremony at the Show.

Scott said, “The BIA is committed to fostering workforce development. We collaborate with various stakeholders, including government bodies, educational institutions such as schools and TAFE, as well as private enterprises, to inspire and attract young talent to pursue fulfilling careers in the boating sector. A skilled and passionate workforce is the cornerstone of our industry.”