The world just loves a bright spark
A Timaru electrician will travel to Germany next year to represent New Zealand in the trade on the world stage.
Logan Hanifin, 21, of Laser Electrical, will compete at the WorldSkills event being held at Leipzig in July.
He is no stranger to competition, having taken out third place at the Taiwan International Intelligent Electrical Installations event last month.
Mr Hanifin is passionate about his trade.
"I love it. It's awesome," he said.
"The opportunity it comes with and just the technical difficulty of a lot of the work. I have to use my brain and work things out."
He has been with Laser Electrical for five years, starting out as an apprentice after leaving school. He will travel to WorldSkills with 13 young tradespeople from around the country as the Tool Blacks.
"I can't wait. It's going to be awesome."
A competition in Australia early next year would give him good practice for the main event, he said.
"[But] WorldSkills is the doozy."
WorldSkills is an international competition held every two years where skilled tradespeople from around the world compete to be recognised as the best in their vocation.
More than 1000 competitors from 61 countries will compete in 45 different categories. These include traditional trades, such as cooking, plumbing and welding, and a number of newer disciplines, such as aircraft maintenance and floristry.
The competition is open to anyone who has completed their training and is under the age of 22.
- The Timaru Herald