Balint going for gold at the skills world finals in Brazil

Balint Bogdan
Balint Bogdan

A Portadown student has touched down in Brazil to test his engineering know-how on the global stage at WorldSkills.

Balint Bogdan (21) and six other students from Northern Ireland are competing as part of the 12-strong UK team.

Balint, an electrical engineering student at Belfast Metropolitan College, will join finalists from 80 nations, competing before 100,000 spectators,

The former Southern Regional College (SRC) student, who is originally from Hungary and has lived in Portadown for four years, says he is going for gold.

“There is only one aim – that’s to come home with a gold medal – I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could win,” he said.

“My family came from Hungary to live in Northern Ireland, and the people have been so good to them. I want to win as a way of saying thank you.”

Balint took home the industrial electronics gold medals at Worldskills UK last year after three days of intensive exercises.

He made it through to the final after being selected through a series of regional heats managed by Semta, the not-for-profit skills council.

Also on the UK team in Brazil is SRC student Gary Doyle, who is competing in the plumbing sector.

Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to each Team UK member urging him or her to do the country proud.