WorldSkills São Paulo kicks off

After working incredibly hard to earn their way to São Paulo, the Skillaroos walked into Anhembi Park this morning ready to take on day one of the greatest vocational education and skills excellence competition in the world.

The 43rd WorldSkills Competition brings an array of events and activities to engage visitors of all ages and interests to discover the breadth of skills that keep the world working. At each skill area there is a Knowledge Spot where visitors can learn about that skill. The Samsung Pavilion, Cyber, is a dedicated area for educational interactive activities, food services, and relaxation. It is built around a large tree, which represents the industry’s system’s major activity segments, and provides a technological touch to the environment.

Brian Wexham, Chair of WorldSkills Australia said the venue was “absolutely unbelievable” as he walked through the three sectors, Samsung Pavilion, Convention Palace and the Sambadrome today.

“The equipment, the number of people here, the visitors, the size, and the proportion is just quite staggering. I have to say looking at the Skillaroos they all seem very calm and collected” said Wexhem.

The Skillaroos, now engaged in intense competition, will need to persevere and commit to the next three days. Dale Fisher representing Graphic Design Technology from Victoria University, felt the pressure on day one.

“I started off with a couple of small issues but I’ve started recovering and I’m on my way to picking it up this afternoon” said Fisher about his first few hours of the competition.

With three more days to go the Skillaroos will aim to keep their stamina up and aim for gold. Show your support of the Skillaroos by sharing a message on our social media channels using #Skillaroos. Check out the photo and video highlights from day one here.