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McKevitt wins Silver in WorldSkills Championships

By Kieran Lynch

Camlough  man Conor McKevitt took home a Silver Medal and the award of Best in his Nation from the WorldSkills Championships in Kazan, Russia. 

WorldSkills, the global hub for skills, host the world championships of vocational skills every two years and the events promote the benefits of, and need for skilled trade professionals. 

The championships invite over 1,000 labourers from all over the world to showcase their skills in a broad range of fields including manufacturing, electrical installations, graphic designing, cooking, hairdressing and more.

McKevitt achieved his silver medal in Car Painting, a skill described on the WorldSkills website as, ‘Restoring a damaged vehicle to its original finish, matching colours, shades and textures exactly, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.’ 

McKevitt was one competitor from twenty-seven competing in the Car Painting category where contestants hailed from all over the world and the nationalities of those involved spanned five continents. 

Conor proudly displays his Best in Nation and WorldSkills championships medals .

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, McKevitt outlined the pressure he was under saying, “You’re doing what you do everyday, only to a much higher standard and you’re under time constraints.” 

McKevitt, who represents Riverpark Training and Development Ltd, undertook four six different tasks across four days of competition and achieved a score of 745, placing him behind only Ting-Yu Yang of Chinese Taipei in the standings.

McKevitt, who described his experience in Russia and his success as, “Crazy,” not only obtained a world silver medal but also the prize of Best in his Nation.