After three days of challenging competition, judges, volunteers, friends and family came together in Perth to celebrate the achievements of the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition – the largest trade and skills competition in the country.
The major event saw almost 500 of Australia’s most talented Vocational Education and Training (VET) students representing 49 specialised categories, including baking, pastry and hospitality services.
Each of the national competitors earned their position to compete on the national stage after their medal-winning performances in the 2013 round of regional competitions, which were held across 30 regions.
Well-versed bakery competitor John Reminis from Illawarra took out the Retail Baking – Bread gold medal, closely followed by Christopher Kirkpatrick (Perth) and Aidan Hauptli (Brisbane).
In the Retail Baking – Pastry category, Adele Di Bella (Sydney) was awarded top gong, with Laura Mackwell (Perth) taking Silver and Mikayla Brightling (Illawarra) taking bronze.
The winners have now joined the 2015 Team Australia, Skillaroo, which will head to São Paolo, Brazil, to represent Australia at the 43rd WorldSkills International Competition.
“WSA’s program of competitions, aligned to National Training Packages, work to ensure that today’s young people have the skills and abilities to compete within a rapidly changing global marketplace,” a spokesperson from WorldSkills Australia said.