In an effort to recognize plumbing training around the world, representatives from the World Plumbing Council honored the plumbing apprentices who competed in the 37th International WorldSkills Competition "Skills Olympics" held June 19-22 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Apprentices from 37 countries competed in more than 40 vocational trades. Of those, 18 plumbing apprentices tested their skills.
Stuart Henry, chairman of the World Plumbing Council, awarded the plumbing competitors with medallions engraved with the competitor's name, the country represented and the WPC logo. Medallions were also presented to the plumbing experts, a combination of contractors, employers and trainers who supported each apprentice.
The competition was held in conjunction with the Olma Trade Fair, which attracted more than 180,000 visitors.
Winners of the event include: Gold Medal--Lemp, Matthias, Austria; Silver Medal--Lintner, Hansjorg Italy, South Tyrol; Bronze Medal--Bonnet, Jeremy, France; Muller, Martin, Liechtenstein; Hwang, Bo Bae, Korea; Chupik, Mark, Canada; Juul Andersen, Jacob, Denmark; Nagai, Takashi, Japan; Braun, Sebastian, Germany; Mahruf bin Abdul, Rahman, Malaysia; Whalan, Andrew, Australia; Zanchi, Bruno, Switzerland; Sandin, Joakim, Sweden; Chan, Yip-shan, Hong Kong; Pajunen, Janne, Finland; Nilsen, Einar, Norway; Baharestani, Noghli Majid, Iran; Monteiro, Andrade Elvis, Luxembourg.