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Friday 15 December 2017

Mary paints her way to award for bodyshop skills

SHE is the pint-sized blonde shattering age-old stereotypes in the male-dominated motoring industry.

Mary Gore (22), from Coolock, is blazing her own trail after winning the top award in the car painting category at this year's National Skills Competition.

Now the mum of one is and is preparing to jet off to London next year to show her talents on an international scale.

Previously known as the Skills Olympics, the elite ceremony has become the most prestigious event for apprentices in the trade and Mary will be battling it out against 51 other representatives from other countries in her category.

She told the Herald: "There aren't a lot of girls that do it to be honest but I never feel uncomfortable.

"At the awards, there was one other girl in my category and hardly any others around the place.

"I've always liked cars, I've always had a big interest in them and wanted to do mechanics. I got a job in a bodyshop and took it from there, then I realised that I really like the painting side of things.

"Thankfully, winning this has opened a few doors for me. I'm currently looking for a job because after I returned from maternity leave, the business I worked for had actually gone into liquidation."

Although she has come across a few raised eyebrows from customers, she says she was delighted to take part in the Irish leg of the competition.

"I just don't think that people expect to see me - but everywhere I have worked, they have always been very good," she said.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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