Sam Spong has won a Bronze medal at the WorldSkills International 2015 competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The medal was a great result and a reward for Sam’s dedication and hard work in preparing for the event this past year. Sam scored 524 points out of a possible 600, only seven points behind the winner from Italy and two points off Silver.
The competition was very even and hard fought with the 27 competitors challenged by the complexities of the three separate project designs, some of which were changed or replaced prior to the start of the event. The pace of cutting and laying bricks in the tight time frame put extreme pressure on all competitors and the smallest of errors at crucial times was all that separated the medal winners. A number of competitors did not complete the project but gave it their all and will benefit from the experience.
ABBTF is proud of Sam and his efforts to work very hard to compete with the best. He was naturally exhausted at the end, having spent every ounce of energy in striving for Gold. Sam has come a long way since he finished fourth at the WorldSkills Australia Nationals in Sydney in 2012. He has gone on to win the Nationals in Perth in 2014 and now a Bronze medal against the world’s best in Brazil, 2015.
Sam acknowledged the support provided by the inaugural ABBTF Scholarship, Expert Eric Davis and International Chief Expert, Troy Everett. The Scholarship has made a difference in preparing Sam for the competition and with our new found experience in rolling out for the first event it will be hugely beneficial for the next young Australian bricklaying apprentice who treads this path.
Well done Sam, we are all proud of you.