An aspiring builder has been recognised for his skill at the â€˜Guild of Bricklayers Annual Bricklaying Competitionâ€™ gaining the title â€˜Guild of Bricklayers Junior Welsh Championâ€™.
Zac Timothy, 18, who is studying Level 2 Bricklaying at the Ystrad Mynach campus of Coleg y Cymoedd, came first in the annual competition, rivalling competitors from over 11 different colleges in Wales. The competition took place at Neath Port Talbot Groupâ€™s Newtown Campus.
During an intense five-hour contest each competitor had the challenge of building the best brick wall with specific features to demonstrate their ability in the field. Ultimately Zacâ€™s technical skills and attention to detail earned him the title of Walesâ€™ top Junior Bricklayer.
Speaking of his experience at the competition, Zac, from Markham said, â€œThe competition was really challenging, especially as it was my first time in a competitive situation. When the judges were announcing the 2nd and 3rd places my heart was pounding, and when they announced my name in first place I couldnâ€™t believe it; I was chuffed!â€
After completing his studies, Zac is hoping to move to Australia to become a builder but already has his eyes set on next yearâ€™s competition.
He continued to say, â€œIâ€™ll progress onto an advanced course in bricklaying after I qualify at the end of this year, so hopefully I can continue the success at next yearâ€™s competition. Coleg y Cymoedd actually put my name forward to participate and have been extremely supportive throughout.
Zacâ€™s fellow learner Daniel Watkins, 20 from Merthyr Tydfil, also participated in the senior round of the competition, however was unsuccessful in the strong field of competitors.
Commenting on Zacâ€™s success, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, Judith Evans, said, â€œZac is a credit to our college; he exemplifies how hard work and dedicated tuition provide learners with excellent vocational opportunities and real jobs in a diverse range of industries and recognised trades. We wish him every success in the future.â€
Rhondda Cynon Taff