At just 21-years-old, Tyran Eggmolesse has gone from small town country boy to state cricket champ, while juggling his TAFE Queensland studies and starting a family.
A proud Gurang man from the Bundaberg region, Tyran now lives in Brisbane and is due to complete his boilermaking apprenticeship in July.
“I have definitely enjoyed the hands-on work the most throughout my training. I feel as though I can learn better when someone is showing me first [and] I can practise with my teacher’s supervision,” Tyran said.
“It is that type of support that makes the difference.”
A dedicated student, Tyran is also a formidable sportsman.
Spending his childhood playing cricket in the backyard, Tyran got his first taste of sporting success when he landed a spot on the Gladstone representative team at just 11 years old.
Fast forward to 2014, Tyran was selected to play for Queensland in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships and his family travelled to Alice Springs to watch him compete.
Tyran said it’s an honour to play for his state and the achievement has made his family proud.
“I went from being this little country kid to representing my family and where I’m from - I try to make everyone back home proud,” he said.
When he’s not representing his state, opening batsman Tyran plays club cricket in Brisbane and is supported by coach and mentor, Michael Mainhardt.
“He is a big deal when it comes to Indigenous cricket because he played for Queensland and is someone that I look up to,” he said.
Tyran said becoming a father has filled him with a strong desire to build a successful trade career and look after his young family.
“I want to work hard for the next ten years and save as much as I can and see where life goes from there," he said.
Tyran’s advice to other young people eager to find their calling is to keep your head down and work hard.
“The only person trying to stop you reaching your goals is yourself at the end of the day,” he said.
Qualified boilermakers are in demand with national job outlook data predicting around 47,000 structural steel and welding trade job openings will come online by 2023.