The UK stonemasonry entrant at WorldSkills is chosen.

he UK stonemasonry entrant at WorldSkills is chosen.

Sam Turner, a 19-year-old stonemason from Leeds who is an apprentice at York Minster and a student at York College, will be one of the 1,230 participants from 60 countries competing for the medals in 50 skill sets at WorldSkills in São Paulo, Brazil, this year, 11-16 August.

Sam earned his place as the representative of British stonemasonry in Squad UK at a Team UK Selection Competition held at Burton & South Derbyshire College last month (19-22 May). Competing against him for the stonemasonry place were Connor Crawford and John Reed, both apprentices with Historic Scotland, and Mirella McGee, an apprentice at Canterbury Cathedral.

Members of the Masons' Company Craft and Training Committee, led by Chairman Court Assistant Martin Low, went to visit the team on the first day of the competition. The pressure was already on in the first hours of a very intense session.

Freeman Kevin Calpin, WorldSkills Chief Expert and UK Training Manager for Architectural Stonemasonry, also invited Djalma Rodrigues from Brazil and Brazil’s stonemasonry team trainer Diego Pereira to complete the test piece given to the four young British masons to act as a benchmark.

Kevin has been recognised for services to industry by the Company and has been honoured with the Master Craftsman Award. Under Kevin’s guidance the UK has won a haul of medals including Gold in 2011 and Silver in 2013.

Sam Turner is now continuing to work with Kevin Calpin on an intensive training programme in final preparation for WorldSkills. The Company's Craft Fund Trustees are in discussion with Kevin and Sam as to the best way in which they can support him in his quest to bring home honours for the UK again.

There is scheduled to be a Gallet's Supper in late January 2016 when Kevin, accompanied by past contestants, will talk about their Worldskills experiences as trainer and competitor. Full details to be circulated nearer the time.

Thanks to Liveryman Eric Bignell, Editor of Natural Stone Specialist magazine, for allowing us to use some of the above material from the June edition.

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Roger Adcock FCIOB | 04/07/2015 00:00:00