SRC Newry student scoops Gold medal at Skills Olympics

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Friday, August 21st, 2015
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Gold medal winner Gary Doyle, 20, a plumber from Castlewellan who trains at Southern Regional College’s Newry campus and employed by Kieran Trainor Plumbing and Heating in Newry, is among five local young people who have triumphed at the global skills competition WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015. Picture: Michael CooperNorthern Irish competitors won gold, two silver and one bronze medal and a medallion for excellence as part of Team UK. Overall Team UK won nine medals – three gold, four silver and two bronze and 24 medallions for excellence. Northern Ireland contributed to this total with a gold medal in plumbing, two silver medals in landscape gardening and refrigeration, a bronze medal in car painting and a medallion for excellence in electrical installation. This places Northern Ireland as the top UK region on medal success, winning over 40% of the overall UK medal total. The success followed four days of intense competition against more than 1,000 of the world’s most skilled young people. Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry congratulated the competitors on their outstanding success. “This is an exceptional achievement for our young people and clearly demonstrates at a global level the talent and expertise we possess. “I wish to congratulate each of these young people on their excellent accomplishment. I would like to pay tribute to their parents, employers and tutors who have supported the young people throughout their journey to excel on the world stage.” Speaking to Newry Times, a delighted Gary Doyle said, “Being selected for Team UK was an amazing achievement in itself, but to win a gold medal and to be named the best plumber in the world is such an incredible feeling. “The whole of Team UK worked really hard and the experience of the competition is something we will never forget. We have all learnt so much during the process, knowledge and new skills that we can take with us as we progress in our careers.”

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