Crafty competitors hope for medals from 'skills Olympics'
FROM cooking up a storm to tinkering with a jet engine, a team of top young Irish craftspeople is competing on the international stage in London.
Dubbed 'the Olympics for craftspeople', World Skills 2011 draws to an end today with the 11 Irish competitors hoping to improve on their haul of five medals from the last time the event was held two years ago.
Among those representing Ireland is Claire Cullen from Foxrock in Dublin, who is taking part in the beauty therapy competition.
Other members of the team are competing in areas that include aircraft maintenance, plumbing, automobile technology, cooking and restaurant service.
The team was selected from the winners of the National Skills Competition finals, which were held in Dublin in April.
World Skills is designed to showcase the particular skills that are required to drive enterprise and build strong local and national as well as international economies.