Some of the competitors got off to a difficult start. But they have all demonstrated impressive strength of character. They are increasingly meeting the challenges better, displaying a professional attitude in dealing with the demanding requirements.
Manuel Bieri, a mould maker, says he faced some struggles on the first day of competition. He felt that he was not making good progress, and yet he still finished the task. «Today things went much better. Two or three details worked out well, allowing me to regain control and get motivated again.» The 20-year old competitor from Solothurn has put into words something experienced by many members of the SwissSkills team. Sonja Monn, a stonemason, says it was hard to make her templates because her hands were shaking so much at first. But her work succeeded in spite of it all, confirms her expert, Jean-Luc Braun.