Local lad’s winning trophies

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A Queenstowner is behind the new four-nation Rugby Championship trophy won by the All Blacks in Argentina last week. 

Queenstown-raised Demetre Tryfiatis is design and project manager for a Sydney production house that fabricated both this cup and last year’s new Super Rugby trophy. 

“Any New Zealander would be proud to be a part of projects like this,” Tryfiatis says. 

“Running these projects took priority for me being the only Kiwi in our shop.” 

The machined aluminium Rugby Championship trophy weighs 5kg, stands 56cm tall and has goal post-like supports holding up the bowl. 

Holding liquid was a prerequisite for both trophies, Tryfiatis says. 

“It would have been a shame to rob the boys of a celebration drink in Buenos Aires.” 

Tryfiatis, 31, attended Queenstown Primary and Wakatipu High, gained design qualifications in Christchurch and Dunedin and shifted to Australia six years ago. 

His parents Kathy and Bob and sister Sofia still live in Queenstown.