After winning a bronze medal in Shenzhen at the International Selection Competition, Sarah Browning was propelled onto the global stage this month at the prestigious WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi. It’s the 44th time the prestigious annual tournament has taken place, and Sarah competed in the Graphic Design category.
After three days of intense competition, Sarah finished 13th out of 29 world competitors. She achieved a Medallion of Excellence to acknowledge her score of 701. She was only the second person to represent New Zealand in Graphic Design at WorldSkills, and faced competitors from China, Italy, France, Portugal, South Korea, Russia and the United States.
Graphic design competitors were under high pressure, with testing taking place with live design briefs and short timeframes of five to seven hours. Sarah was tested on corporate information design, editorial design and packing design.
Sherein Abdel-Al, a tutor at Yoobee School of Design/Graphic Design and Skill Manager for WorldSkills has been coordinating the competition within New Zealand for the past few years. She’s been training Sarah since she won gold in October 2016, and a bronze in May 2017 before qualifying for the final competition in Abu Dhabi.