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Nathan to Represent Australia

Date: 25-04-2019


Nathan Kettle

Nathan to Represent Australia in Russia

Apprentice Jeweller Nathan Kettle will represent Australia in the upcoming WorldSkills Challenge in Kazan, Russia in August. Nathan earned the right to do so because of his performance at a recent WorldSkills event in Melbourne.

Following is Nathan's reaction to his achievement in his own words.

"A truly spectacular week at the Global Skills Challenge in Melbourne last week where I competed against competitors from 9 other countries in an international competition in the lead up to Kazan."

"It was a huge challenge and I am thrilled to have completed it as well as I did. With my results I have become an official 2019 Skillaroo to go on and Represent Australia in Kazan in August!"

"This is an amazing accomplishment and I am thrilled with the outcome! Bring on Russia!!"

We asked Nathan about what he had to do to qualify to go to Kazan. Here is what he had to say ...

"In April Melbourne hosted the Global Skills Challenge, an international competition hosted by WorldSkills Australia. Many countries were invited over to compete in a simulated international competition similar to what we will expect in Kazan."

"For the other countries competing it was a training exercise to get a feel for the conditions of an international competition, for the Australian Skills Squad is was also where our performance was assessed for us to be selected to become Skillaroos to represent Australia in the upcoming competition in Kazan, Russia."

"A lot of things were taken into consideration during the selection process such as our performance at the competition as well as the progress we have made in the past few months training. We did have expectations of us such as our placement and marks in relation to the other countries we were competing against and also to prove that we could finish an international competition piece in the allocated time."

"The top five countries from the last international competition were present in Melbourne competing against me and me placing 4th narrowly missing out on a bronze medal proved to WorldSkills Australia that I have what it takes to perform well in Kazan with the potential of placing amongst the best competitors the world has to offer."

Nathan is employed by York Jewellers in Penrith and studies at TAFE NSW. We wish him well in Russia.

Below is the art that helped Nathan book his ticket to Kazan.

Nathan Kettle Piece




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