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2019 Skillaroo Patrick Brennan vows to stay cool at the WorldSkills International Championships

Extract WorldSkills Australia Media Release 8 August 2019

South West QLD’S Patrick Brennan is one of the most skilled WorldSkills competitiors that the competition has ever seen. His study at TAFE QLD, alongside the support and on-the-job training from his employer Tony Stephens Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, put Patrick in a great position to takeaway a Gold Medal from the WorldSkills Australia National Championships 2018. Soon after, he not only won a Gold medal at the WorldSkills Australia Global Skills Challenge 2019, but also was awarded ‘Best in Nation’.

As part of the Skillaroos team, Patrick is a month away from the 45th WorldSkills International Championship. The culturally diverse and historically significant city of Kazan will host this year’s exciting international event.

“There is no greater honour or feeling of pride in your country than having the opportunity to represent your country on the world stage. To gain selection in the Skillaroo’s team and to represent Australia is a great honour and I will give everything I have and more to make my family, my friends, my work place, my town and my country proud.”

Patrick’s journey has been guided by long-time WorldSkills volunteer, Carl Balke. Carl has given almost two decades of this spare time to WorldSkills helping run competitions at a regional and national level as well as mentoring countless students. All this is on top of this work as a lecturer at TAFE Qld in Brisbane.

Patrick’s WorldSkills journey is generously supported by Kirby - WorldSkills Australia official Gold Partner, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

Brett Hedge, Sales and Marketing Manager says;

"On behalf of the team at Kirby and the entire HVAC&R industry, I wish Patrick continued success in Russia. As the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning category sponsor we are extremely proud of Patrick and couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador to represent our trade on the world stage.”

Patrick is also an ambassador for the Kirby Apprentice Fund.