Local Hyundai master tech wins silver at Olympics
COFFS Harbour Hyundai technician Tim Orr has claimed a silver medal in this year's prestigious 11th running of the Hyundai World Skill Olympics in Korea.
Tim finished an impressive second overall while Australian compatriot Matthew Adamo, from Harrison Hyundai in Melton, placed silver in the Engine Systems category.
Held at Hyundai's Cheon Technical Training Centre, Korea, this year's competition involved detailed and demanding written and practical tests. In total, 85 Hyundai technicians representing 55 nations competed in this year's event.
Tim was selected to represent Hyundai Motor Company Australia at the 11th Hyundai World Skill Olympics after a nationwide elimination process that tested his skills.
Both Australian Hyundai master technicians finished best of 10 national finalists after completing written and practical tests held in Sydney.
Before heading to Korea, they also undertook motivational training which, 29-year-old team member Tim says, was the "make or break difference" for them under pressure.
"The whole event was massive," he said.
"It was awesome seeing teams from huge nations like the US and China.
"I can't remember much about how I felt on the podium other than getting the medal hung round my neck.
"I just couldn't believe it was happening."
Tim says both he and Matt Adamo benefitted from the motivational training they received before going to Seoul.
He says it gave them confidence in their ability and helped them stay calm under the pressure of competition.
Tim also says he received an unexpected bonus in the challenging MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) practical test, in which contestants had to fix a simulated problem.
"While working out the overall problem, I fixed what was to have been a second part of the task," he says.
"So I effectively fixed two problems in one move. I was happy about that."
Australia has been represented in previous Hyundai World Skills Olympics and won gold twice in the late 1990s.
That was when teams from 30-odd nations took part, rather than this year's 55 national teams and 85 competitors.
As part of their preparation for this year's World Skill Olympics, Tim Orr and Matt Amado toured Hyundai's massive Asan Plant and the Hyundai Steel Plant.