Two weeks to go!

In eight days’ time, the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos will board a plane bound for Germany to compete in the ‘world games of skills’ – the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition, Leipzig. The competition will be their biggest career challenge to date and will place the spotlight firmly on their skills in front of an international audience.

The Skillaroos are set to compete against competitors from up to 65 Member countries/regions and in front of an expected audience of 200,000. This is not to mention the millions of fans, followers, parents and friends who will be tuning into the competition via the web.

The competitors were selected to be a part of Team Australia following their medal winning performances at the 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Sydney. Since the announcement of the Skillaroos last November, they have worked and trained tirelessly to master their trades and hone their skills, with the end of goal of achieving international glory. The competitors will be proudly waving the Australia flag for their country, industries and regions.

This has not been an individual effort by any means. The Skillaroos have had the privilege of working alongside their extensive support networks, consisting of team leaders, experts and trainers – all of which are volunteers. The support network, who continue to give their time to training and supporting Australia’s next generation of skill and trade technicians, are instrumental in the success of the Team Australia Skillaroos.

As with all WorldSkills International Competitions, the competition is not the only highlight of the six-day festivities. Team Australia will also participate in events such as the Leipzig Excursions, One School One Country, Worlds of Discovery and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Each of these contributes to the overall atmosphere and experience of the competition. WorldSkills Australia will be delivering the highlights from all aspects of Leipzig 2013.