Berridale man wins top award in a national competition

Former Berridale lad Lindsey Scarlett showcased his panel beating skills on a national stage when he won a silver medal in the Australian finals of the World Skills competition.

Mr Scarlett, now living in Bunbury, Western Australia, was one of 12 students from Polytechnic West that headed to Sydney's Olympic Park after winning gold in the Western Australia heat of the competition earlier this year.

The national stage of the competition consisted of 22 hours worth of auto body repair works over three days, including straightening a vehicle that had a twisted chassis.

Mr Scarlett said that there was a "huge amount of work to do in the 22 hours, you really had to just do your best to get as much done to the best standard".

Mr Scarlett was thrilled that some of his family were able to observe his skills in action.

Mr Scarlett, who recently completed his apprenticeship at Harding's Accident Repair Centre in Bunbury, admitted he did not always want to get into auto body repair but would not change a thing and hopes to one day own a workshop himself.

"I love my job, it's great fun" he said.

"It's different every single day, no two jobs are ever the same."

Mr Scarlett proudly received his silver medal on Father's Day at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, in front of 2000 people, including his father and family.

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