Over 1,000 competitors from 61 countries battled it out at the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition held in Leipzig, Germany.
These ‘skill olympics’ were held from July 2-7, with participants competing in a number of skill areas including electrical installations, floristry, autobody repair, landscape gardening, carpentry and cooking.
Australia’s WorldSkills team the ‘Skillaroos’ was made up of 31 young professionals from 28 skill areas, with four team members bringing home a medal.
Mechanical engineering student Timothy Taylor won the gold medal for Automobile Technology, section waiter Jessica Martin picked up silver for Restaurant Service, Tayron Scagnetti also hit silver for Jewellery and Lachlan Mayled scored a bronze medal for Welding.
The Skillaroos also scooped up 14 Medallions of Excellence, with the Australian medal winners appearing on Channel 7’s Sunrise yesterday (July 8).
WorldSkills Australia has also released footage of the medal winners hard at work at the competition, demonstrating their skills and later receiving their medals at their award ceremonies.
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