China Proves a Valuable Training Experience for Trystan

I was recently able to arrange a WorldSkills International training experience in China for Australia’s Bricklaying entrant in the world event in Abu Dhabi October, Trystan Sammut. The Chinese competition’s primary purpose was to assist that country in selecting its competitor for the world stage. I cannot stress how valuable this event proved to be as a training opportunity for Trystan.

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Bricklaying’s Trystan Sammut Makes the Cut for International Skills Squad

With WorldSkills Australia’s National comp behind us, the focus now turns to selecting the very best team possible to take on the rest of the world in Abu Dhabi in October 2017. The Skills Squad for Abu Dhabi can only accommodate 20-24 places, out of 44 Gold Medal winners – and its good news for Bricklaying!

I’m pleased to say the well-deserved Gold medallist in the Bricklaying category, Trystan Sammut from Ballarat has been named in the Skills Squad which means he will now be assessed for Australian Team selection. This process is important because the competitors need to be made aware of the rigorous training requirements as well as the ambassadorial responsibilities attached to the role. They have to make the decision to commit to the whole journey, or not take part.

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Young Brickies Shine at National WorldSkills Competition

Over the past week brickies from all over have converged on Melbourne showgrounds to fight it out for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the National WorldSkills Australia Competition. The calibre of bricklaying competitors was extremely high and all competitors put all they had into producing their best in the three days of the competition.

Further to this, all of the judges were extremely impressed by how each of the bricklaying competitors conducted themselves and promoted the trade to the huge crowd that came through.

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See the Trade in Full Flight in Melbourne

The countdown is on with the final three weeks of bricklaying preparation before the National WorldSkills Australia competition. It takes place at the Melbourne showgrounds between the 6th and 8th of October so if you’re able, get on down for an amazing display of the best talent in Australia, across all the trades.

Many of the bricklaying competitors have been inspired by the events at the recent Olympic Games where there were so many great stories around outstanding achievement, sportsmanship and producing your best when it counts.

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WorldSkills Australia Bricklaying Champions Unite in Support of Sam Spong

On the evening of Friday the 17th July there was a gathering of past Australian bricklaying Champions who came together to share insights and advice with Sam Spong who will soon be following the same journey to the international stage, that each took in recent years.

Five of the above have already represented their country in Bricklaying in the world competition, with Sam, our current Champion about to do so.

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Get Set to Message Sam Spong – Cheer on Australia’s Bricklaying Champ at WorldSkills International

With the WorldSkills Interational competition only six weeks away, Australian champion Sam Spong’s final preparations for the Bricklaying competition are in full swing. Sam has made some great progress in terms of accuracy, timing and work presentation. The nature of the challenge is to produce extremely accurate, attractive work within an incredibly tight timeframe. For this reason every aspect is scientifically measured and compared during training in order to see how his skill level compares with the world standard.

The International, help in San Paulo Brazil, will be another experience of a lifetime for all involved and their families, employers, teachers and industries. ABBTF will keep us up-to-date on results at facebook.com/becomeabricklayer and you can send Sam a message through this Facebook.

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Sam Spong Wins NZ Gold

From April 13 to 17 the inaugural WorldSkills Oceania Competition was run in Hamilton, New Zealand and Australian Bricklaying champion Sam Spong from NSW competed as part of the Australian Team. The event was run exactly like an International WorldSkills competition so that competitors could gauge their progress in readiness for the main event in Brazil in August this year.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were on offer and the projects were very similar to the Brazil projects with adjustments for the different NZ brick size. It was a great test and all competitors had to really extend themselves, especially in the latter stages of the competition.

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WorldSkills Bricklaying Champion Sam Spong, Trains with the Danes

While most other people were celebrating the incoming New Year, Sam Spong was on a plane on his way to Denmark to train in a bricklaying school there and compete as a guest at that country’s national competition. Sam is Australia’s current WorldSkills Bricklaying champion, having won the National apprenticeship title last year. Sam, from New Berrima, NSW qualified as a Bricklayer last year.

Despite the many differences in our industries, Australia and Denmark have a great rapport and Denmark has built a strong reputation on the back of consistent medals in three of the last four WorldSkills International competitions.

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