ABBTF is delighted to report that Sam Spong from New Berrima, NSW has won the coveted Gold Medal in bricklaying at the National WorldSkills competition held in Perth WA in September 2014. Sam, who has just completed his apprenticeship, was a clear winner with the very impressive result of 80.34 percentage points on a project that fully tested a talented field of 14 bricklaying regional winner apprentices.
The Silver Medal went to 23 year old Matthew Cheso (with a score of 76.77 points) from Murray Bridge in SA. Matt, who has now completed his apprenticeship, had previously won the Gun Trowel speed competition at the Nationals in 2012. Nicholas Coci from Carabooda, WA, completely new to the National competition, won the Bronze Medal (with 75.06 points) as well as the ABBTF Gun Trowel speed test. Well done to all winners.
Competitors from all States and the ACT earned the right to compete in the event having won their own regional WorldSkills Australia bricklaying competition.
The project for the competition was a real test of skills and competence from the young award aspirants. It involved building a wall featuring the year of the competition (2014), the trowel and the host state (illustrated by the Black Swan and WA) in the assignment wall.
Sam had prepared thoroughly for the competition having already been through the rigours of competing at the Nationals in 2012. Sam loves the challenge of pitting himself against the rest in competition. He has just completed his apprenticeship with L&E McMahon Bricklaying and had trained at Illawarra TAFE in Wollongong. He tells ABBTF that his mentors are his boss and his uncle Chris. “They both have a good lifestyle from the trade and a sound work ethic”.
ABBTF encourages all bricklayers and their apprentices to get involved in Regional competitions in your State and be part of this opportunity to grow your skills and business reputation while having a really great time. Call your State ABBTF office for information.
Congratulations Sam, Matt and Nick on your outstanding performances!