Skillaroos take their world-class skills to Brazil

29 June 2015

Next month, the world’s biggest skills showcase will take place in Brazil – and Australia’s top team of Skillaroos will be there competing for gold.

The WorldSkills Competition takes place every 2 years with 59 countries turning out to compete across 50 skill categories – that’s no small task!

Representing Australia at this year’s WorldSkills Competition will be an elite team of tradies competing under the Skillaroos banner.

The talented team of Skillaroos is comprised of members from the Skills Squad who have just recently returned triumphant from the WorldSkills Oceania Competition where they were up against competitors from countries including New Zealand, Korea, Malaysia, China and more.

Heading to the Brazilian capital of São Paulo where the WorldSkills Competition will take place in August is Melbourne-based plumber, Dylan Di Martino, one of the 25 team members representing Australia. As the Skillaroo’s Plumbing & Heating category competitor, Dylan comes from a long line of experts in his trade and is passionate about his industry.

“My dad has been a plumber for almost 40 years and self-employed for over 30 of them,” said Dylan. “I enjoy plumbing because it is challenging, fun and no two days are the same.”

WorldSkills Australia has not only broadened Dylan’s social network, it has “enabled me to develop my technical skills which have assisted with my career development,” says Dylan. “I have been able to see the different techniques used by other competitors, which has really opened my eyes up to what is possible within the trade.”

Dylan describes the competition as a big commitment that reaps huge rewards. For those who are thinking of taking part in future WorldSkills competitions: “My advice would be… to take on all the advice given by your mentors and trainers and, most importantly, to have fun,” he recommends.

“I feel incredibly honoured to represent my country on an international stage. So few people get this opportunity and I will cherish the memories.”

The WorldSkills Competition kicks off 11 until 16 August 2015 at Anhembi Exhibition Centre in São Paolo, Brazil.


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