Chris Armitage has returned from the Olympics with a Diploma of Excellence.
His event was bricklaying and the games in question were the International Youth Skills Olympics Montreal, held in Montreal last November.
The challenge facing an international field of 17 competitors was an exceptionally tough piece involving intricate patterns of different colours and shapes and entailing many individual cuts. Armitage came just outside the medal category but was later presented by Baroness Blackstone with a UK Skills Woodbine Parish Award. This rewards the highest marks above diploma level by a non medal winner. The Irish representative took the gold.