WorldSkills Lyon 2024 Team Australia


WorldSkills Australia Announces Skillaroos Team for Lyon 2024

WorldSkills Australia is pleased to announce the 2024 Australian Team, who will represent the country at the 47th International Competition, taking place in the French city of Lyon in September.

The contingent of 33 young apprentices, trainees, and students (known as the Skillaroos) is the largest the organisation has sent overseas since Lyon last hosted in 1995. The WorldSkills Australia delegation of competitors, trainers, officials, and team management, is the largest ever sent to an International Competition. 

The 47th International Competition is set to be the biggest skills competition ever, with over 1,500 Competitors from 75 countries set to compete in 59 skills. More than 250,000 visitors are also expected to attend the event, which will run from September 10th to 15th.

Worldskills Australia’s participation in the International Competition aims to benchmark Australian skills excellence against global standards.

Team Australia members represent the best in their fields, which include Plumbing, Carpentry, Baking, Industry 4.0, Cyber Security, and Fashion Design.

The journey for selection has spanned two years, beginning with a regional WorldSkills competition in 2022 that involved more than 3,000 competitors. Winners from each region then competed in the National Championships in 2023, with medallists being eligible for selection in Team Australia that will travel to France.

Each Skillaroo will be accompanied by their Expert who have overseen their training and preparation to compete on the global stage, meaning the contingent wearing the green and gold will number close to 75.

More details on the Skillaroos 2024 team, including competitor profiles, can be found at

WorldSkills Australia thanks its industry and TAFE partners who have supported the Skillaroos on their journey and enabled them to achieve their dreams of competing on the world stage.

Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP

“I want to congratulate everyone on making the Australian team for WorldSkills and I wish them the best of luck competing in France later this year.”

“The team travelling over to Europe in September is an incredibly talented bunch, and I look forward to following their progress.”

“The Albanese Government is proud to be supporting the Skillaroos. By representing Australia in France, you become part of our nation’s rich competitive story – of a small country that always shines on the international stage.”  

“I saw the high quality of competitors at the WorldSkills National Championships in Melbourne in August, and I’m excited to watch the Skillaroos take that excellence to the world.”

Quotes attributable to WorldSkills Australia CEO, Trevor Schwenke

“Congratulations to every Skillaroo on their selection. We’re incredibly excited to be sending our biggest team ever to Lyon and look forward to the fierce but friendly competition that the International Competition brings.

“The calibre of talent in this team is second to none. Their skills, positive attitude and professionalism is inspiring and we wish them all the best when they head to France and fly the flag for Aussie skills.”

“We have team members who have made sacrifices in their personal lives and had to overcome adversity to be crowned the best in their skill and profession. As hopeful as we are that the team will bring home gold, they’re already winners.”

Quotes attributable to WorldSkills Australia Chair, Kevin Harris

“WorldSkills Australia would like to thank everyone who has made it possible to send our largest team ever to the 47th International Competition.  The collaborative support from Federal and State governments, TAFE Organisations and Industry Partners is a great reflection of the importance Australia places on skills.

Introducing the 2024 TEAM AUSTRALIA….


01. Industrial Mechanics

Competitor | Michael Bowen 

Expert | David Baldwin


04. Mechatronics

Competitors | Magnus Andersson & Will Vestergaard

Expert | Damien Sinclair


10. Welding

Competitor | Harrison Field

Expert | Mark Williams


12. Wall & Floor Tiling

Competitor | Jacob Dixon

Expert | Liam Cochran


15. Plumbing & Heating

Competitor | Sebastian Battista

Expert | Patrick Keating


18. Electrical Installation

Competitor | Dylan Redman

Expert | Todd Bell


20. Bricklaying

Competitor | Ethan Everett

Expert | Andrew Hosking


22. Painting & Decorating

Competitor | Antoinette Jackson

Expert | Steven Balliga


24. Cabinetmaking

Competitor | Lewis Italiano 

Expert | Nick Johnston


26. Carpentry

Competitor | Trey McAuley

Expert | Allen Hill


27. Jewellery

Competitor | Mitchell Rigney

Expert | Joythi Collins


28. Floristry

Competitor | Naomi Aguirre

Expert | David Berger


29. Hairdressing

Competitor | Hannah Gerritsen

Expert | Donna Demaria


30. Beauty Therapy

Competitor | Jasmine Cecchini

Expert | Naomi Zadow


31. Fashion Technology

Competitor | Sari Conte

Expert | Donna Kirby-Drain


33. Automotive Technology

Competitor | Ross Colquhoun

Expert | Kirk Trease


34. Cooking

Competitor | Abbey Kuhnell

Expert | Ianthe Smith


35. Restaurant Service

Competitor | Elliana McRae

Expert | Deborah Smith


36. Car Painting

Competitor | Kynan Bonanno

Expert | Bradley Franklin 

Compatriot Support Expert | Paul Polverino 


38. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Competitor | Bailey Loenneker

Expert | Carl Balke


39. IT Network Systems Administration

Expert | Troy Pretty


40. Graphic Design Technology

Competitor | Nellie Holder

Expert | Brendan Hibbert


41. Health & Social Care

Competitor | Neave O’Reilly

Expert | Anne Macleod


41. Construction Metal Work

Competitor | Joseph Cramp

Expert | Michael Schnackenberg


41. Bakery

Competitor | Lestatt Hammond-Hurst

Expert | John Reminis


48. Industry 4.0

Competitors | Randy Gunawan & Disha Anchan

Expert | Anu Mehta


49. Heavy Vehicle Technology

Competitor | Thomas Bevan

Expert | Raman Badekar


50. 3D Digital Game Art

Competitor | Star Van Wageningen

Expert | Ryan Goggin 


53. Cloud Computing

Competitor | Dylan Armstrong 

Expert | Elankayer Sithirasenan


54. Cyber Security

Competitors | Lachlan Gelavis & Kai Baharthah-King

Expert | Sawan Singh 


57. Additive Manufacturing

Competitor | Gervase Voss

Expert | Vettrivel Chinnadurai 


Team Management

CEO of WorldSkills Australia | Trevor Schwenke

Official Delegate & Chair of the WorldSkills Australia Board | Kevin Harris

Technical Delegate & General Manager of WorldSkills Australia | Brigitte Collins

Team Leader | Rachel Sullivan

Team Leader | Matthew Barrett

Team Leader Assistant | Matthew McGlashan

Technical Delegate Assistant | Troy Everett

Expert Mentor | John Shiel


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