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Anthony Aims to Spark Gold on World Stage

Gladstone Ports Corporations (GPC) Electrical Apprentice, Anthony Cobb will begin his journey to the final competition stage tomorrow morning when he jets off to Kazan, Russia for the 45th WorldSkills International competition.

Joining his fellow Skillaroo teammates, Anthony will represent Australia and compete in the competition’s Electrical Installations category from 22 to 27 August.

Anthony, who was selected as a member of the Australian Skillaroo team in April, said intensive training camps and a great support network have assisted in his preparations.

“I’ve been training for over 12 months with support from GPC and the local WorldSkills representatives, all of which have volunteered their time to my preparations,” Anthony said.

“I will represent Australia in the Electrical Installations category where we design and install electrical systems in all types of commercial, residential, and industrial projects, while carrying out maintenance and repairs safely and quickly.

“I’m hoping for a good result in my final competition, but regardless of the outcome it’s been fantastic to reach this level of competition.”

GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said that no matter the result everyone at GPC is tremendously proud of Anthony’s achievements.

“We are so proud of Anthony’s accomplishments, it’s fantastic to see someone of his age with such drive and skill,” Mr Walker said.

“We look forward to hearing how he goes in Russia, I know his mentors and previous GPC competitors have prepared him extremely well for his competitions and provided some words of wisdom.

“The WorldSkills program is a wonderful opportunity for our apprentices and I hope his journey inspires others to strive for similar successes in their trades.”

Chair of WorldSkills Australia, Kevin Harris, said WorldSkills Australia has a critical leadership role in the development and promotion of excellence of Australia’s skills, particularly now as Australia responds to global competition in the 21st Century and the challenges of the Industry 4 revolution.

“WorldSkills Australia is an amazing organisation led by a volunteer governance board and a small but very dedicated executive team,” Mr Harris said.

“WorldSkills is powered by thousands of volunteers and contributing Australian enterprise and industry association partners, training institutes and government.

“All demonstrate in real terms, their passion and commitment to the purpose of WorldSkills Australia, the development and promotion of skills excellence.”

Every two years WorldSkills hosts the skills competition which attracts more than 1,600 Competitors from more than 60 countries.

GPC wishes Anthony the very best of luck and safe travels to Russia, and looks forward to sharing his results.


Caption: Shiploading Maintenance Superintendent – Peter Caughey, Electrical Apprentice – Anthony Cobb, Acting Asset Management & Project Services General Manager – Benjamin Hayden & Reliability & Maintenance Manager – Dane Linforth.