Sydney graphic designer recognised at WorldSkills event in Russia

Indy Griffiths, a graphic designer at Sydney print and design house Style Communications, has received a Medallion of Excellence at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Kazan, Russia with Australia placing eighth out of 64 countries in the competition.

In all 15 young ‘Skillaroos’ travelled to Russia for the tournament with Patrick Brennan, Maxine Colligan, Clinton Larkings and Patrick Keating medalling in their categories.

Australia’s ‘Skillaroos’ enter the WorldSkills stadium in Russia

Griffiths was supported by her employer and Visual Connections to enter the Graphic Design Technology Category of the championships which was held over three days.

Visual Connections CEO Peter Harper said it was the first time the suppliers’ association had sponsored a graphic designer with the organisation usually sponsoring print, sign and display apprentices.

“We are strong supporters of vocational education and training, and are committed to helping young people gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to build successful careers in our sector,” Harper said.

“We often sponsor young print or sign apprentices to participate in WorldSkills Championships but there’s nothing more fundamental to our industry than design. Indy is already proving an asset to our industry and we’ve been delighted to sponsor her. We’re so proud of her achievements, and those of her fellow Skillaroos.”

Brigitte Collins WorldSkills Australia General Manager said from Kazan, “We are all very impressed with the performance of the team, they showcased the power of excellence and demonstrated the strength of vocational education and training in Australia.

Griffiths celebrates at WorldSkills in Russia

“Our internationally recognised experts and volunteers demonstrated once again, their capability and dedication. The Skillaroos, Team Australia and the volunteer workforce should all feel very proud of what they accomplished here in Kazan, Russia.”

Visual Connections also sent its congratulations, not only to Indy but to the entire team, for their dedication to their chosen craft, their commitment to the achievement of excellence, and for their outstanding representation of Australia on the international stage.

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