Townsville tradie finishes in top four
IN a race against the clock Townsvill e t r a d i e Matt Francis hit the nail on the head when he competed in the world’s biggest tradesman competition.
But despite recording two of the four fastest times s e e n a n y w h e r e i n t h e world, the Townsville industrial arts teacher could not progress to the final of the IRWIN Tools Ultimate T r a d e s m a n C h a l l e n g e .
Instead the Ignatius Park Co l l e g e i n d u s t r i a l a r t s teacher claimed fourth in the Tennessee-based competition.
The competition searched for the world’s best tradesman in a competition of skills incorporating a series of precise tool-based tasks in a race against the clock.
Speed and the ability to remove pipe fittings, make accurate markings, clamp work securely and drill precise holes were crucial to winning the challenge.
Competitions were held all over the world with more t han 2 0 0 0 p e o p l e across Australia and New Zealand alone trying to qualify for a finals berth.
Mr Francis was narrowly beaten by the competition’s number one seed, Daniel Shepherd f r om Halifax, England. ‘‘ It’s fantastic to have finished fourth,’’ Mr Francis said. ‘‘ I actually got two of the four best times, both across the world and across all of the competitors, so I got the times right, just not the timing. Making the top four was the objective so I am very happy.’’