Sam Spong’s Journey from Bricklaying Apprentice to International Winner

Banner Image 1 & 2The last four years have been an exciting and rewarding period in the life of Sam Spong.  From the time he first entered Regional WorldSkills in 2011 up to his 2015 WorldSkills International success bringing home Bronze for Australian bricklaying, he’s consistently applied his skills and training, practised hard and maintained a ‘will-to-win’, that’s paid off bigtime.

When he earned the right to enter the National’s in 2012, Sam was 19 and in his third year of his apprenticeship with Job Harkness of J&S Harkness.  Job was Australian WorldSkills National Champion 2001 and as such was very inspirational in helping Sam aim high. See WorldSkills International Honour Roll.

Sam competed well in the WorldSkills National Competition in Sydney in 2012 and it made him even hungrier to do well in the next round of competitions where he would go on and win the Regional Competition and then the National Competition last year.

Persistence has paid off for Sam and we hope it inspires other current competitors of recent events to try again, as well as challenging other aspiring winners to give it a crack.

Sam, who hails from New Berrima, New South Wales qualified as a Bricklayer last year and continues to do well.

WorldSkills Australia has compiled this brief video to mark his International success as a Skillaroo team member in Brazil.

Geoff Noble


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