Illawarra students' medal haul at National 'Tradies Olympics'


TAFE NSW Illawarra has scooped up the Gold and Bronze Medal pool at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne over the weekend.

Over 500 competitors from across the country tested their skills at the Melbourne Showgrounds over three days of heavy competition from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 October.

Congratulations to our Gold Medalists: Plumbing: Bob Sheridan-Gimmel (Kianga), Heavy Vehicle Mechanics: Louise Azzopardi (Londonderry), Signage: Taryn Kearney (Wagga Wagga), Retail Baking Pastry: Troy Hindmarch (Mittagong), Construction Steelwork: Brett McPaul (Albion Park), Engineering Team Challenge: Timothy Mitchell (North Wollongong) and William Storm (Windang) and our Bronze Medalists include Fitting: Jake Cunningham (Corrimal) and Turning: Zak Anderson (Kiama).

Brett McPaul, National WorldSkills Gold Medal winner in Construction Steelwork trained for a solid ten months leading up to the competition and feels his dedication has already paid off.

“The Competition was pretty good but I know I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t have the support of the teachers at TAFE,” says Brett.

On the hopes of being selected for the International WorldSkills competition next year: “I would be ecstatic if I was selected to compete at Abu Dhabi next year. It would be a great process and the training would be awesome.”

Belinda Mackinnon, Institute Director of TAFE NSW Illawarra is very proud of the talent within our region.

“Their display of excellence has been nothing short of incredible,” says Ms Mckinnon.

“It highlights the quality of candidates within the Illawarra. I’d like to personally thank all of Illawarra’s WorldSkills competitors and teachers who dedicated so many months to the training for their standards of excellence.”