It was a close contest for the title of National WorldSkills Bricklayer at Australia’s premier event to decide the best apprentice in the 50 skill categories contested. The final margin between the winner and second place was just two points out of a possible 100, and between second and third place, just one point. Coming out on top with the Gold Medal was Todd Richards from Mackay in Queensland with 80.79 points, followed by Silver Medalist Alan Ramsden from Perth North Region with 78.48 points and a close third was Matthew Barratt who was awarded the Bronze Medal, on 77.40 points.
All up, there were 13 Regional bricklaying finalists represented at the three day event. Our congratulations to the winners of course, but also to all of the competitors support teams, for their preparation, training and travel to the national event, held in Sydney at the Olympic Stadium at Homebush. TAFE teachers, trainers, employers and family pulled together to make this a special occasion on the calendar in an apprentice’s or newly qualified bricklayer’s young working life.
The occasion formally commenced with ABBTF’s Industry Event on the Wednesday evening prior to the actual competition. Industry stakeholders, brick manufacturers, construction industry and training organisations came together with employers and competing apprentices and their families.
It was an excellent night of re-connecting with old mates, making new contacts and reflecting on the achievements and challenges facing our industry.
We were fortunate to have the last three International WorldSkills Bricklaying competitors in Tim Hambly (2007), Nigel Croke (2009) and Lester Tibbles (2011) and they were suitably honoured during the evening.
The full Bricklaying Skillaroo Honour Roll going back to 1985 can be viewed here.