I visited Trystan Sammut onsite in Ballarat recently to see how preparations were going for the October International WorldSkills event, where he’ll be representing Australia in Bricklaying. Trystan works for Lawler Bricklaying of Ballarat and when we caught up he was working locally, at the Eureka Stadium, home of the VFL Roosters although he can be anywhere in the State, from his home base to Caulfield in Melbourne’s suburbs – where ever he’s needed. Stage one of the $15 million Eureka Stadium enlargement project includes a 5,000-seat grandstand, with the stadium capacity of around 11,000.
Fortunately for Trystan’s training needs, leading into the Abu Dhabi-based competition, he works in a large Bricklaying business with varied commercial and residential projects. It’s great to hear that Lawler Bricklaying’s team is pretty chuffed with Trystan’s win at WorldSkills Australia and his chance to represent them and all of us on the world stage of bricklaying competition. Trystan’s supervisor told me that since he won the National, they have been calling him “GT” – for Golden Trowel, our ABBTF-sponsored major national trade skills event promoting high standards of workmanship and pride in Brick and Blocklaying amongst apprentices.
Trystan said his boss is more than happy to give him all the leave he needs to train for WorldSkills International, as long there is adequate notice – which is fantastic! Playing sport has been put on hold to focus on training and the doors of Federation University’s Bricklaying course have been opened by the ever-supportive TAFE trainer Charlie (Peter Eltringham), who’s working with Trystan to hone his skills over the six months to October.
I can report that Trystan seems extremely focused on doing well in the international event and he should know that just like his local team, we’re right behind him and wishing him the best in the lead up.
Field Officer, ABBTF Victoria