With the WorldSkills International 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.
At the website WorldSkills.org.au you can also check on Sam’s progress during the competition and there’ll be a page set up for you to send a message of support to the Skillaroos.
Let’s all get behind him and let him know we are all cheering him on!
I can confidently say that Sam has developed a thorough understanding of the three projects that have been provided. Of these, one will be totally replaced with a new one on the day, and minor adjustments will be made to the other two. In this way, competitors will be forced to ‘think on their feet’ just as they would on the jobsite.
The other focal area has been to ensure Sam’s toolkit is well organised and he has the attire that is best suited to this type of competition. Last month Sam also spent a few hours with a leading sport psychologist that gave him advice on his mental approach and how to handle the pressures of elite competition.
“The ABBTF World Class Bricklayer Development Scholarship” has made a distinct difference to the training and preparation and enabled our representative, Sam Spong, to spend more time training and honing his skills.
There is still a lot of work to be done but Sam will be ready to produce his best when he arrives with the rest of the Australian team in Sao Paulo on August 6th. The competition commences on the 11th August and runs for four days. And think about it, you could be in Sam’s shoes representing your country in a few years’ time – contact us about becoming a bricklayer or ring your StateOffice Office about competing in the Regionals.
WorldSkills International Chief Expert – Bricklaying