VIDEO: Young award winner branches out in arborist role
KANE Havik scales a tree near his parents Caves property with ease.
While it might seem scary or even impossible to some, for the 18-year-old it's just another day at work.
Kane was recently awarded a 2013 Prime Minister's Award for Skills Excellence in School, as well as a 2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize.
With this he received a total of $4000.
"It was a real surprise," he said.
"I used the money to pay off my ute.
"Not many people my age can say they own their car debt-free."
Kane, who is also a fierce tree climbing competitor, completed his arborist apprenticeship with Rocky Tree Services three weeks ago after graduating from The Cathedral College last year.
He said he loved the diversity of the work.
"There's different trees, different environments," he said.
"Sometimes it's an easy job, sometimes it's a hard job.
"I get more nervous than scared.
"You're relying on your gear a lot and yourself."
Kane said it was a real adrenalin rush too, especially when a big piece of timber hits the ground.