It has just been announced that Gold Medal winner in Bricklaying at the WorldSkills Australia National competition, Trystan Sammut has been selected as one of up to 25 Gold winners to train for WorldSkills International.
“In total up to 25 young men and women aged 23 and under will spend the next year training with a dedicated skills mentor, vying for the opportunity to join over 1,000 young people from 75 countries at the WorldSkills International Competition being held in Abu Dhabi next October” WorldSkills Australia announced last Friday. Trystan will soon join the 14 other men and nine women for the first training event for three days in Melbourne where the Skills Squad will meet with their skills mentors and develop a training plan for the coming months.
Trystan said of the announcement “I’m thrilled to be taking part in this training with the prospect of competing in Abu Dhabi against the world’s best”. He said it’s been a great journey so far and that he can see that the National win can open many doors for him, based on discussions he’s had to date with trainers and others. He says the variety of work in bricklaying is what he finds inspiring and he’s glad he chose well when he did work-experience in both bricklaying and for a chippy, back in Year 10, and subsequently chose the right path. Career Paths
Going into the National competition Trystan said he felt he’d prepared himself well but he was still surprised by the win because he viewed each of the other competitors as being equal to the task, given their experience. In the last month or so before the Melbourne event he had done extra training after work and on weekends, which obviously paid off.
Trystan’s on the move again to a new employer, soon starting work with large residential and commercial business Lawler Bricklaying, based in Delacombe, Ballarat but he’ll be working mainly in Melbourne.
Until just a while ago, he’d played football (since 2006) for his hometown of Scarsdale but it looks like life’s just got a whole lot busier and footy might be on the back burner for a bit.
ABBTF’s World Class Bricklaying Scholarship will provide further support for Trystan, in the form of training time and coaching support to compete at lead-up competitions, with mentoring, personal and professional development, engaging a sport psychologist, tools and equipment, as needs. Our last international competitor Sam Spong who won Bronze in 2015 in San Paulo, Brazil, also had the benefit of this Scholarship which included the experience of competing in New Zealand in WorldSkills Oceania and in Denmark.
Congratulations on behalf of our industry Trystan, I’m sure you’ll do well!