RAW: Meet Ben Atkinson – SA Tradie Of The Year

For Ben Atkinson, being roped into entering the Australia’s Hottest Tradie competition by two girls from work, has proven to be a boon, even though he did not win the national competition. Concluding just prior to Easter, the final judging of the more than 1000 contestants nationwide, including around 150 from South Australia, saw our Ben finish second, a mere point behind the winner who got to enjoy driving away in a Hi Lux.

But Ben, a tiler who has run his own business for the past seven years and works out every day at the city’s Fitness First, loved the exposure and is finding new career opportunities opening up for him as a result. Included in those is the being the face of a body building supplement provider and co-host of a potential new TV show.

‘I never much thought about this type of establishment media world before, but now I have got a taste of it I am loving it’ said Ben when Kryztoff caught up with him last weekend.

For the moment however Ben, 26, is very focused on joining the Fire Brigade, what he describes as ‘the best part time job in the world.’ He has passed the first three stages of the admission process and now awaits confirmation of entering the final interview stage.

It’s a good story for a genuinely nice guy and hopefully the next we see of him will be on our screens and not climbing through a window endeavouring to put a fire out.

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