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WorldSkills team 2013 – Meet Alex De Koeyer

1 June 2013

Every second year, the best and brightest young tradies from around the globe come together for the International WorldSkills Competition. And this year, the event will be held in Leipzig Germany in June.

With over 1000 participants competing across 46 disciplines, the 2013 event is set to be the biggest ever.

The competition gives Aussies under 23, the opportunity to compete in their trade, as well as fast track their skills and career development. Known as the Skillaroos, the Australian team comprises 32 young guns who have been training hard, piping, cutting, welding and polishing their selected skills in preparation for this year’s event.

Each of the Skillaroos has secured their prestigious position as an Australian representative after their medal winning performances at the WSA Regional Competitions and the recent 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, held in Sydney.

Alex De Koeyer from Wodonga, has been selected as the competitor who will be representing Australia in Plumbing. Inspired to get into the game by his older brother who was already a plumber, Alex began the search for an apprenticeship. Shortly after, he got a gig with Phillip Gosbel Plumbing and he has never looked back.

In 2011, Alex entered the WorldSkills Regional Competition and he won the gold medal in Plumbing for the Riverina Murray region. He then progressed to the National Competition, and again walked away with the top spot. So he is now off to compete at the WorldSkills International Competition in Leipzig, Germany.

We asked Alex how he felt to be representing his country and he said “It feels amazing to be given the opportunity to represent Australia, but it makes it even more special when you are doing it through a job you love.” Good luck Alex. We’re sure you will do Australia proud.

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