Winners 2021Young Plumber of the Year

Sam Sonnevald | Auckland Metro National Finalist

Sam Sonnevald Profile

The 2021 Auckland Metro regional finalist for The Young Plumber of The Year competition is 20-year-old Sam Sonnevald. We spoke with Sam to find out a little more about what made him want to enter the competition and how he thinks he might go in the final, coming up in February this year.


“I started my plumbing apprenticeship in 2018, I saw that there was a lot of variety in the job on a weekly basis and that’s what drew me to it,” Sam shares. “I came across the Young Plumber of The Year competition early on in my career, mostly from staff in my local Plumbing World branches. I thought it was a great opportunity to see new products and meet others in the industry, so I decided to enter.”


Prior to 2021 Sam had entered the competition twice before, “In my first year it was good to try things for the first time and get hints for improvement. I took this knowledge into my second year of competing and again found myself still learning some new tricks which was great.” he says.


Sam was stoked to have come away with a win at his regional competition saying that it was a goal of this year to try and do so. “I didn't expect a win, but the tasks were similar to what I do with work, I believe this worked in my favour.”


He shares that the theoretical test may be the most difficult part of the finals, but his strength lies in the practical side of things. “I have a wide variety of tasks at work and some heating knowledge which I think definitely helped in the regional event, I’m hoping this will carry through to the final. I’m a bit nervous heading into it but I’m excited. I really want to make myself and my employer proud.” says Sam.


In the lead up to the event next year Sam will be brushing up on his theory, reading of codes and practices to prepare myself for the theory side of the competition.


The Auckland Metro region wishes Sam the best of luck for the finals set to be held in Hamilton on February 19, 2022!