Aussie team for the worlds best bricklayer

The USA’s annual quest to find ‘The World’s Best Bricklayer’ is on again and Aussie blokes Ron Elliott and Mark Roese are heading back for a second try. Aussie Cathy Bellenger, who was runner-up last year in the all-female amateur bricklaying category is also back, confident of a win this time.

The event, now in its 13th year, can be viewed live on Wednesday February 6, 2013; information is available at the Specmix Bricklayer 500 website. The event is held in conjunction with the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas, USA.

Entrants come mainly from around the USA but Australian Ron Elliott submitted a video last year to demonstrate his capability and gained entry and this year was invited to return having done very well in 2012. The aim is to lay as many bricks in one hour on a wall as possible. The 2012 winner won with 572 per hour (9.5/minute) last year compared to Ron’s 6th place with 540, so this year he’s is training to achieve 600. A very healthy $US100,000 in total prize money is shared, so it’s worth the effort of training the 3 hours/day the team is putting in. The final wall is also judged on quality – how level and straight it is and crooked or chipped bricks are deducted from the total.

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