219 days after it was launched, the New Zealand / Australian representative in the world final of the Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge is about to be announced.
The Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge was launched in Melbourne on April 8 and will conclude this Sunday in Sydney with the Australia / New Zealand final at the Sydney Telstra 500. The winner will go on to the world final in Tennessee, USA, this coming March.
The Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge (UTC) is searching for the world’s best tradesman in a competition of skill that incorporates a series of precise tool based tasks in a race against the clock. Since April, 1707 people from all walks of life have tried their hand at setting the fastest time to qualify for the UTC final. Events were staged in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Gold Coast, Townsville and Bathurst, with a stand-alone event in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Eight finalists, representing six of the seven Australian states, one from New Zealand, and one for the internationally recognised WorldSkills competition, will fight it out for world final representative honours.
At each event the competition has been run from a custom built Irwin stage that took eight weeks to design and build and takes up to 40 man hours to erect at each venue. A 3D computer model was developed so that Irwin could see what it looked from all angles, and parts were sourced from Australia, China, the Netherlands and Switzerland.