Skil­la­roos join the gold trade

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

THEY’RE Aus­tralia’s best of the best and have gold medals in their sights, but the Skil­la­roos are not a team of sports stars.

They are young tradies and vo­ca­tional grad­u­ates who have been train­ing hard for the past two years to com­pete at World Skills, the bi­en­nial “tradie Olympics”.

This year the event will be hosted by Abu Dhabi, where com­peti­tors from 58 coun­tries and re­gions will com­pete in 51 skill cat­e­gories, from car paint­ing and land­scape gar­den­ing to beauty ther­apy and hair­dress­ing. It kicks off on Satur­day with an open­ing cer­e­mony fol­lowed by three days of com­pe­ti­tion, with projects com­pleted un­der strict con­di­tions and time lim­its.

Aus­tralia will fight to im­prove its rank­ing from 12th in the world.

For the first time, WorldSkills has in­tro­duced a 3D dig­i­tal game art cat­e­gory and Aus­tralia will com­pete in heavy ve­hi­cle main­te­nance.

Waiter Emilia Mon­tague is off to WorldSkills.

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