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.
WorldSkills Australia also looks at the attitude and attributes of the candidate as these are important factors that can have a significant effect on meeting the challenges that come with representing your country in a high pressure event. It is also important to see if there are any existing commitments that may not allow the competitor to commit to the level required.
There were 44 gold medallists at the national competition but only 20 to 25 will make it into the Australian team, this is for a variety of reasons. In some cases the category may not progress as there are qualification requirements for categories at the international competition, mainly based on a suitable level of participation. Some competitors may be over the age limit which will rule them out of the international competition pathway. For those competitors that do win gold but do not go to the international competition, there are other international pathways available where they will have a strong chance to secure a scholarship in such ventures as the Big Brother Movement, the Australian Overseas Foundation and the Ern MacDonald Fellowship for Building and Construction trainee support.
The first Skills Squad camp is in mid-November and it will be great to meet the potential Australian team. I know that Trystan is keen make the team and complete the necessary preparation to produce his best in the big event. Representing your country is a massive accolade and responsibility and Trystan has all the skills and attributes necessary to make the most of this opportunity. Make sure you stay tuned via the Brickies Blog so you can track his progress and be a part of the exciting campaign ahead.
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