East Wittering cabinet maker wins gold at WorldSkills

AN INTENSE four-day battle at an international competition has seen one cabinet-maker from East Wittering crowned best in the world.

George Callow fought off strong competition from other talented craftsmen at the WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany, to win a gold medal.

George, 20, trained at Chichester College and is now employed by Cimitree Furniture, based in South Harting. He has had a keen interest in woodwork since he was seven years old and began his apprenticeship after finishing at St Philip Howard High School in Barnham.

“I knew I’d done well in the tasks, but thought there was really little in it,” he said.

“I tried my best, but when I saw other countries winning golds I thought maybe it’s not our year. I’m ecstatic. All the hard work I’ve put in has really paid off.”

George took part in 22 hours of competition to be judged on his skill, accuracy and speed and scored the highest among Team UK to claim the Best in Nation award. He is the fourth Chichester College student to represent the college on this world-class platform.

Chris Thorpe, director of Cimitree, said: “We are so proud of George’s achievement. He absolutely deserves this win.

“He has worked incredibly hard throughout the competition, from the heats for national selection, right up to the start of the competition. All the practice hours George has put in after work and at weekends have been rewarded. George’s victory at WorldSkills shows what can be achieved with commitment, hard work, talent and a good support team behind you.”

Shelagh Legrave, principal of Chichester College, said it was a ‘phenomenal achievement’ for George, Cimitree and Christian Notley, who runs the furniture-making department.

“This is a fantastic result that we are all incredibly proud of,” she said.