Watch out for 18 year old, third year apprentice Nicholas Coci! Nick, from Carabooda WA who won the ABBTF Gun Trowel speed test at the National WorldSkills competition in Perth in September, in addition to the Bronze Medal in the main event!
The speed competition involves building a four brick pier in a spiral pattern with red and cream bricks in 15 minutes.
Nick took out the trophy with his pier being judged the best in terms of line, level and plumb, as well as height. He was presented with a Golden Trowel engraved with the title of the fastest trowel – no mean feat for an 18 year old.
This signature event for Bricklaying drew a large crowd with many people arriving early to get a vantage point. The atmosphere was electric with the expectant crowd and the introduction of each young bricklayer vying for fastest trowel in Australia. The field of anxious competitors held their trowels in the air in readiness for the start.
The crowd watched on as each brick pier grew with bricks and mortar flying high. Loris Moriconi from ABN Apprentices called the event and conducted the final countdown to the 15 minute time limit.
ABBTF was inspired to create and include the Gun Trowel speed test in its regular National WorldSkills event because of its excitement and the opportunity to test another skill of the trade. It has gathered fame and popularity as a real crowd pleaser at national competitions with some other trades attempting similar events.
Congratulations Nick for being the fastest gun in the West – not to mention national Gun Trowel winner and WorldSkills Bricklaying Bronze Medal winner!