Daniel Shepherd of Halifax, England, was awarded $10,000 and the title of the “World’s Ultimate Tradesman.”
The contest was part of Irwin Tools’ Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals March 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.
The company named Shepherd the winner after he beat five competitors from around the world by performing a series of precise tasks, such as gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling, in a timed race. Shepherd completed the final round of the competition in 25.07 seconds, out-distancing Delwyn Thornton of Mississippi by 8.51 seconds. After Shepherd claimed the top time spot, he randomly selected one out of 25 Irwin tool bags to win $10,000.
“This competition has opened so many doors for me thanks to Irwin Tools,” said Shepherd. “I thought being the U.K.-Ireland Ultimate Tradesman Challenge champion was out of this world. The world competition has surpassed all my wildest dreams.”
Irwin Tools hosted over 250 competitions in nine countries with over 16,000 tradesmen competing throughout the world. During this world finals event, only the top six global champions competed.
“Irwin’s Ultimate Tradesman Challenge was designed to recognize skilled tradesmen from around the world,” said Curt Rahilly, vice president of marketing for Irwin Tools. “We’ve been impressed by the skill and passion tradesmen bring to this competition. We congratulate Daniel for his big win, and we thank all the competitors for participating in this exciting competition of skill. Irwin is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contributions of professional tradesmen around the world.”