Sam Raines, of Yatala, celebrates his win in the Supreme Tradies Challenge at the Tradies Expo at Ipswich Turf Club.
Sam Raines, of Yatala, celebrates his win in the Supreme Tradies Challenge at the Tradies Expo at Ipswich Turf Club. Rob Williams

Top tradie reigns supreme

SUPREME Tradies Challenge winner Sam Raines will now be able to drill, screw, hammer and wire his way through $2000 worth of tools after being hailed champion of the competition at Ipswich Turf Club at the weekend.

Hosted by Apprenticeships Queensland, marketing manager Anita Dwyer said the two-day event had attracted hundreds of visitors, and exhibitors were keen to come back next year.

"It was a very worthwhile exercise," Ms Dwyer said.

"We had fantastic support from Bremer TAFE and Construction Skills Queensland in the Tradies Challenges, and the tools for prize winners were supplied by Glenford Tools and Blackwoods United Tools.

"I would like to acknowledge all the boys who competed against each other - they showed great spirit and mates were geeing each other up."

The expo was an opportunity for tradies to talk to Apprenticeships Queensland employment consultants to see if they needed an extra hand to get the job done.



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