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Gold medal for young electrician at tradesmen 'Olympics '
By Elizabeth Broughton
An electrician has proved himself the best in the business, joining a Longtown joiner in being the worlds number one
Langholm electrician Richard Sagar, 22, ensured another gold medal headed back to the north from the 2009 WorldSkills Championships, widely regaded as the Olympics for tradesmen.
Richard's success in the Electrical Installations category came two years after Longtown cabinet-maker Gary Tuddenham was named the best at his craft.
Richard, who lives in Langholm's Parliament Square and is currently plying his trade for T Graham& Sons Langholm, was one of just three British gold-medalists at hte biennial event, held this year in Calgary, Canada.
And it was a hard-fought contest, with the young electrician battling it out against 31 other nationalities in one of the toughest categories at the championships.
Richard who will fly home on Saturday, said: " The competition was unbelievable. It was a testing experience - hard work. There were no easy days. It was non stop.
" It was an unbelievable experience. The closing ceremony had 7,000 people at it. It was an unbelievable atmosphere - a once-in-a-lifetime event.
" I'm still taking it all in. I don't know what to feel. Its really special."
The award means that Richard has earned himself the right to call himself the 'best electrician in the world' although he expects to be brought back down to earth when he returns to Langholm.
He added " I think I will probably get some ribbing when I get back."
In total, the competition saw 900 competitors from 46 countries prove their worth, in everything from autobody repair to floristry. Britain was represented by a team of 26, all under 25, who picked up three gold medals, six bronze medals and 14 medallions for excellence, awarded to everyone who achieved 500 points in their category - considered to be world-class standard.
Simon Bartley, chief executive of UK Skills, which manages team UK, said: "What Team UK has achieved is outstanding.
" they have all worked so hard to get where they are and that has certainly paid. Once again we have shown that we have the very best young talent in our country.
"its a tremendous result not just for the competitors, but for their employers, trainers and colleges."
First published at 11.31, Thursday 10 September 2009
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