PAVING THE WAY: Paul Franklin, Clayton Warren and Codey Dodson all took part in the North Queenland Super Trowel championships over the weekend.
PAVING THE WAY: Paul Franklin, Clayton Warren and Codey Dodson all took part in the North Queenland Super Trowel championships over the weekend.

Blocklayers lay path to success

WHITSUNDAY blocklayer Clayton Warren has fallen just short of being named the fastest blocklayer in North Queensland.

Mr Warren finished runner-up at the inaugural North Queensland Supa Trowel Championships in Townsville on the weekend and just missed out on an all expenses trip to Las Vegas.

All competitors were allowed two labourers during the heats where they had to lay as many blocks as possible before being judged on the amount of blocks and the quality of their work.

Mr Warren works on houses all throughout the Whitsundays and put his blocklaying skills to the test with workmates Paul Franklin and David Dodson acting as his labourers for the competition.

He received $1,500 prize money for his efforts with his labourers pocketing $500 each

His workmate Codey Dodson featured as a labourer for the winning blocklayer from Townsville and collected $1,000 in prize money for his hard work on the day.

Competitors came from all across North Queensland to compete in the event, which was held in conjunction with the Townsville Fishing and Outdoor expo.

"I'm 50 years-old and the bloke who beat me was in his 20's so I think I definitely surprised a few people on the day," Mr Warren said. "I'm not sure if I'll go back next year. There are a lot of good young competitors coming through, but I had a great time at this year's competition."


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