Townsville tradie fin­ishes in top four

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Alexis Gill­ham

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.’’

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