L-R: Jacob Bell – Canada; Ashley Terrron – UK; Xu Beibei – China; Andrew Heath – NZ; Alan Ramsden – Aust
The International WorldSkills Competition is only one month away in Leipzig Germany and apprentices competing from around the world are busily making final adjustments and fine-tuning techniques so they will be ready when it counts.
This is definitely the case with Australia’s bricklaying representative, Alan Ramsden, who has been working hard in a rigorous training program that has escalated significantly over the 12 months he has been training in an effort to bring home the 2013 International Bricklaying title.
Recently there was a bricklaying training event held in his home town of Perth where contenders from four other countries joined Alan in a pre-event competition. Over four days they tested themselves against each other with projects of an extremely high international standard. The event titled Global Skills Challenge was a great success with all the participants learning a lot from the experience.
We were very impressed at how Alan lifted when the pressure was on, particularly over the last couple of days. The event served as a great opportunity to identify his strengths and areas for improvement and his training plan has been adjusted according to this information.
I would like to recognise all the effort and commitment not just from Alan, but also his teacher and trainer Eddie Campbell and the well organised bricklaying committee in WA, led by Dean Pearson at the ABBTF. Their combined support has greatly enhanced Alan’s prospects and I have been extremely impressed by how everyone in the West is behind him as I’m sure all Australian bricklaying apprentices and bricklayers are.
At the start of a campaign you never know if the competitor has the drive to roll up the sleeves and get stuck into all the hard work required to compete on the world stage. Alan has proven he is up for the challenge and I am very proud of him for the efforts and sacrifices thus far.
I’m looking forward to seeing him in action in Germany shortly. He’s done most of the hard work now, so if he can produce his best ‘on the day’ I am sure he will do really well.
The international competition takes place from the 2nd to the 7th of July. To keep up to date on the event visit www.worldskills.org. Alan’s bricklaying competitors can be seen HERE. For further information about the entire Australian Team, representing many trades head to: www.worldskills.org.au
Bricklaying Chief Category Expert