Best Brickies Compete at WorldSkills Australia National 2018

Posted on May 25, 2018


Become a Bricklayer

Trystan Sammut  – WorldSkills International 2017 Bronze winner. Trystan is a qualified bricklayer from Ballarat, Victoria who took out Bronze in WorldSkills International  2017

This year there’s an even bigger focus on providing trade career knowledge, lots of hands-on opportunities and new product displays. Parents will learn a lot to help guide decisions around career choice. So, you’re in for a treat if you’re in Sydney. If not, follow the lead-up and the three day coverage on Facebook and Instagram.

Get ready! June 2, 3 and 4 @ ICC Darling Harbour Sydney, you’ll see national contests in all the trades, hosted by Skills Show Australia, including a massive Skills Pathway Expo plus much More. The Bricklaying event regularly produces world class talent as evident in Bricklaying’s WorldSkills International Honour Roll and our inclusion in the International’s over many years. The ABBTF Gun Trowel event, not to be missed, is a spectator thriller demanding highly disciplined time and motion actions as well as skill. Like every year, ABBTF is a proud sponsor of the Gun Trowel event this year as well and will be providing the Trophy at the event.Australia’s most skilled young tradespeople will compete in live competitions, aiming to represent their country at the 45th WorldSkills International Competition in Kazan, Russia, August 2019.

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Bricklaying Competitors

A strong field of 12 Apprentices have made it to the final in the Bricklaying 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Championship, having won their Regional competition. Ten individuals are competing for the first time and three have previously won a Regional and taken part in the last National, in 2016 in Melbourne

Three regions each are represented in NSW, WA and Vic, with Qld, Tas, SA and ACT fielding one each competitor. It’s hoped we’ll also have a highly ranked honorary contestant from Russia, reciprocating on recent opportunities Australian International competitors have had to gain more experience outside their own competitive arena.

Why you should be in it?   All WorldSkills Regional competitors, winner or not, benefit from the challenge of competing and from improved skills developed in preparing for the event. So if you’re a bricklaying apprentice talk to your trainer or employer about getting involved.

Check out the National competitors

Regional Winner 2017 competing @ 2018 National WorldSkills Aust Region Representing
Andrew Adams Adelaide
Paul Coon Ballarat Wimmera
Daniel Sheehan Canberra
Riley Skene Geelong
Patrick Sommerfeld* Gold Coast (Central Qld 2016)
Carn Turnbull Hunter
Diego Calderon Melbourne
Bradley Guy Tasmania
Paul Moody Northern Rivers
Remington Edwards Perth North
Jacob Coppola Perth South
Nikolas Foster* Perth South West

Bricklaying Judges for 2018

A Bricklaying judging team of eight, led by Eric Davis as Chief Judge, will oversee, score and select the winner and two runners up, based on a range of criteria such as accuracy and skill. On the panel from Victoria and the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) and Become-a-Bricklayer for the second time is Michael Taylor, Senior Field Officer for his State. Michael is a qualified bricklayer and trainer with vast experience in the industry generally and in identifying quality bricklaying talent, specifically.

About the Skills Show:

The Skills Show Australia 2018 in Sydney is a free event and is held on Saturday June 2nd, Sunday June 3rd and Monday June 4th at the ICC Sydney.

Registrations are open online at

Five minutes with Jacob Coppola from Perth



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