MTA NSW Apprentice Kynan Bonanno To Represent Australia At WorldSkills Lyon 2024

Kynan Bonanno, a Motor Traders’ Association of New South Wales (MTA NSW) vehicle refinisher apprentice from St Clair in Sydney’s west, will represent Australia at WorldSkills Lyon 2024 in France.

The MTA NSW said Bonanno’s outstanding performance at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships last August secured his place as one of the country’s finest young talents in the automotive industry.

“We’re immensely proud of Kynan’s achievements and the calibre of talent our organisation helps to nurture,” said Ian Price, General Manager RTO at the MTA NSW. “Just nine months into his first-year apprenticeship, Kynan won first place at the regional level and fourth place at the national level. This is a well-earned reflection on his incredible skillset, determination, and ability to act as a positive ambassador for the automotive industry.”

Bonanno attributed his success to hard work, dedication, and the ongoing support of MTA NSW. “I’m honoured to represent Australia at the WorldSkills Lyon 2024 competition and will give my all to make everyone proud on the global stage,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to not only showcasing my skills but also being an ambassador for training in Australia, demonstrating the calibre of education and talent within our country. I’ve had the privilege of learning from some of the best in the industry, and I owe a debt of gratitude to my trainers who have shared their expertise and guided me on this path.”

The Australian WorldSkills team, known as the Skillaroos, will undergo rigorous training in preparation for the competition, ensuring that Bonanno and his fellow competitors are equipped to compete on the global stage.

As part of the MTA NSW’s support, the organisation will cover the cost of Bonanno’s flights, accommodation, and training ahead of the event.

Stavros Yallouridis, CEO of the MTA NSW, congratulated Bonanno on his achievement and the dedication shown by all MTA NSW apprentices. “Kynan’s success is a personal triumph while reinforcing our commitment as an organisation to shaping the future of the automotive industry. We’re incredibly proud of him and look forward to watching him shine on the international stage representing Australia,” said Yallouridis.

The MTA NSW was a sponsor of last year’s WorldSkills Australia National Championships, the most significant trades and skills competition in Australia. The association had six apprentices representing the organisation at the event.

WorldSkills Lyon 2024 will be held from 10 to 15 September 2024.