WorldSkills Australia International Competition – 30th Anniversary

In 2018, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the WorldSkills International Competition being held in Australia. The 29th International Youth Skill Olympics was held from the 18th – 21st February 1988 at the then newly opened Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre in Sydney.

Australia was represented by 34 competitors in the official categories and 22 competitors in the demonstration categories.

Australia won 4 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals and 3 Bronze medals. Overall, Australia was ranked third behind Korea and Taiwan.

The theme song for that year, ‘Turning Talent Into Gold’, was written for the WorldSkills Australia International team to celebrate the 1988 ‘Skill Olympics’ being held in Sydney.

This year at Skills Show Australia 2018, we will be celebrating 30 years of WorldSkills Australia through activations, video presentations and memorabilia displays from the last 30 years of WorldSkills.

The following are our 1988 competitors:

Gold Medals

Devin Flor – Automotive Mechanics

Stephen Perryman – Bricklaying

Russell Cooper – Industrial Wiring

Mark Eddison – Plant Mechanics

Silver Medals 

Maurice de Jersey – Industrial Electronics

Celeste Careedy – Jewellery

Ken Channon – Plumbing

Sean Debben – Stonemasonry

Colin Twigg – Turning

Bronze Medals

Muoi Trinh – Cookery

Andrew Barnes – Electric Welding

Roy Lim – Gas Welding


Peter Marsh – Cabinetmaking

Robert Weymouth – Carpentry

Gary Young – CNC Machining

James Shaw – Commercial Wiring

Grant Barrett – Construction Steelwork

Matthew Wells – Consumer Electronics

Pasi Salminen – Engineering Drawing

William Attard – Fitting

Mariukka Niemi – Garment Production

Jane Stokie – Graphic Arts

Brian Wardman – Instrument Making

Andrew Joy – Joinery

Fiona Heslop – Ladies Hairdressing

David Baccinelli – Mens Hairdessing

Kenneth Bollard – Milling

Matthew Burkett – Painting & Decorating

Clayton Hillier – Panel Beating

Michael Norman – Plastering

Patrick Semmler – Press Toolmaking

Michael Brookes – Sheetmetal Work

Scott Plane – Waiting

Mark Burns – Wood Patternmaking

Demonstration Categories 

Brett Pelham – Bread Baking

Andrew Videon – Butchery

Kurt Russack – Climate Control

Dianne Jesson – Floristry

Darren McDonald & Jeremy Foster – Landscape Construction

Carol Johns – Office Skills

Hayden Stevenson – Pastry Cooking

Clinton Delaney, Darren Pearson, Derek McCreery, Richard Oberson, Phillip Ross & Mark Scott – Smash Repair

Anthony Giannone, Bruce Saschse, Craig Kelly, Mark Ingham, Michael Killen, Peter Tsavdaridis – Smash Repair (CIG Dulux TAFE Team)

Marlon Dalton – Vehicle Painting

John Chezzi – Wall & Floor Tiling