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Tasmania last night claimed the Evatt Shield for the best performing region at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships in Sydney.

The Tasmania team won six gold, a silver and two bronze medals at Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competitions.

TasTAFE CEO, Jenny Dodd, congratulated the team and said it was an extremely proud occasion for TasTAFE, which trained most of the Tasmania team.

“Fifteen of the 17 young people in the Tasmanian team were trained at TasTAFE by our extraordinary, talented teachers. This is an amazing achievement and an indication that we are punching well above our weight and our training is up there with the best in Australia.

“Congratulations to team supporters, and of course to all of the competitors themselves on an amazing achievement.

“I also pay tribute to Rachel Sullivan who last night received a lifetime membership of WorldSkills. Rachel has led the Tasmanian team as well as the national team for many years.. Tasmania has truly benefited from her dedication and I’d like to thank Rachel for her amazing contribution to excellence,” Ms Dodd said.

The WorldSkills National Championships is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition. Over three days, competitors bring their best to the national stage and compete against their industry peers from around the country. More than 500 competitors take part across 60 trades and skills.

“Competing at this event takes skill, talent and an in-depth knowledge of your vocational trade. Competitors spend months training and practicing for the competitions and it’s clear that Team Tasmania was extremely well-prepared.

‘I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all of our teachers and other staff who played a part in Team Tasmania’s success.”

Tasmanian team members may have the opportunity to represent Australia at the WorldSkills International competitions in Russia in 2019.

The Tasmanian medallists are:

Gold

Sheetmetal Work – Colby Neal (Burnie Plumbing Supplies)

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics – Justin Bye (MDG Contracting)

Cabinetmaking – Joshua Boon (UCI Joinery)

Carpentry – Samuel Laing  (JPO Building Contractors)

Plastering – Mitchell Stephan (Darren’s Plastering)

Floristry – Phoebe Martin (trained by Marjorie Milner College, Melbourne) (Flora Gondwana)

Silver

Hairdressing – Becky Turner (CAJ Hair and Beauty)

Bronze

IT Network Systems Admin – Liam Woodleigh-Hardinge (Sacred Heart College)

Welding – Kayden Stafford (Elphinstone Pty Ltd).

Tasmania excels at WorldSkills Australia national championships