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VICTORIAN Kia technician Sam Nicholls has placed second at the prestigious Kia Skill World Cup in Seoul.

Competing alongside Kia technicians from 40 countries, Mr Nicholls was one of 42 national winners selected to take part in the biennial event, pitting his skills against technical experts in a range of written and practical tests spanning various fields, including fault diagnosis, powertrain, chassis, and electrical repair.

Second from left, Bendigo technician Sam Nicholls takes silver at Kia Skill World Cup finals in Seoul

In a statement, Kia Australia said it was extremely proud of Mr Nicholls’ efforts at the Kia Skill World Cup, saying he “represented Australia brilliantly”.

“His professionalism was outstanding – from the start of his skills cup journey during the national competition against five worthy contenders from across Australia up until this world stage award.”

Mr Nicholls works at Central Victorian Kia in northern Bendigo suburb Epsom.

The Kia Skill World Cup Kia Skill World Cup was first held in 2002 and aims to highlight outstanding technical experts from around the world while at the same time enhancing the brand’s customer service capabilities.

Mr Nicholls was one of 12 technicians awarded at the Kia World Skills Cup taking the Silver Award jointly with Diego Ortiz from Columbia.

This year’s Gold Award went to Sanchith Shanthakumar from India, while Guo Ping from China, Kris Abildgaard from Denmark, and Michael Heymans from Belgium shared the Bronze Award.

During the three-day event, Kia also provided cultural experience programs aimed at educating and inspiring the participants through Kia’s brand philosophy.

They visited Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong, which represent the traditional beauty of Korea, as well as Kia360, the brand’s experience centre.

By Matt Brogan

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