Medal-winning Murray Bridge plumber Paul Knappstein made right call with career change

Paul Knappstein shows off his medal with Haig and Menzel's Matthew Menzel and Murraylands Training and Employment's Tracey Kelly. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Paul Knappstein shows off his medal with Haig and Menzel's Matthew Menzel and Murraylands Training and Employment's Tracey Kelly. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Few people can claim to be a gold medal-winning plumber, but Paul Knappstein is the exception.

He was recognised with a Master Plumbers Association and Construction Industry Training Board award for training excellence last month, for his success as an apprentice.

He was nominated by TAFE SA, where he had already won another award as an outstanding certificate III student.

Mr Knappstein only got into plumbing when he decided he needed a change after 17 years working as a butcher.

"I like the technical side of it, the maintenance breakdowns, figuring out why things aren't working," he said of his new career.

"A lot of people ... don't realise so much work goes into something like putting in a toilet."

His employment has been hosted by Murray Bridge company Haig and Menzel, via Murraylands Training and Employment.

Director Matthew Menzel said he was delighted to see one of his apprentices come through at such a high level.

"It's good to have that recognition (for the business)," he said.

"It shows we're on the right track."

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