It seems that bricklayers are a very competitive breed. Take Ron Elliott – he’s about to compete for Best Bricklayer against the best in the USA – the 16 winners from regional bricklayer events that were held during 2011 throughout the US & Canada.
Together with just one other non US bricklayer, a Pom, each competitor has to lay as many bricks as he can in one hour, with deductions for inferior work. Ron says “I’m not going there to muck around. I’m taking it very seriously,” he said. “It’s too far to fly not to win.”
The event is the Spec Mix 500 World’s Best Bricklayer competition, part of the World of Concrete Trade Show which takes place in Las Vegas on, of all days, Australia Day! Ron’s workmate Mark Roese, 38, will compete in the best labourer section at the same Trade Show.
If you’d like to take in the action –coverage of the competitions is being streamed live from 5:00 AM Aussie time, January 26, 2012. Full details are at the Spec Mix website.
Ron, who is site manager for The Country Group, has been a bricklayer for 27 years and believes he’s well prepared. “I’ve been doing about two hours training every day for the last couple of months; building walls and corners and trying to get my speed up and make sure the walls are close to perfect,” he said.
Ron’s boss, Brian Freeman has been attending the World of Concrete Trade Show for years and decided it was time! “If it’s going to be the world’s best bricklayer surely an Australian can be in it” Mr Freeman said. “I think we’ve got a very good chance of winning. I’m very confident we can come back with a first place.”
Mark Roese, Project Manager and Estimator, also with The Country Group, is equally confident. He will have 20 minutes to set up his work area. “I can’t wait to go and show the Americans that we’re good tradesmen,” he said.
Good luck to the guys, we’ll be watching and waving our Aussie flags!
ABBTF NSW Manager