Fabian Gwiggner is not one to be quickly thrown off balance. And it is this winning formula of the European graphic design champion that led him all the way to his spectacular victory at EuroSkills 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Right in the middle of the final stage of his competition, his PC crashed. His hands were tied for a good two hours. Yet he remained calm. “I knew that I had no other choice but to make the best of the situation. And that’s what I did. Even when my rivals had long finished and I had to stay focused and continue working,” recalls the designer from Tyrol.

What happened at the end was expected by nobody –least of all Gwiggner. GOLD! For Austria. And for his incredible calmness and ability to keep his nerve. “Quite honestly, I had never set out to win it. But, given the circumstances, it was even more crazy that I managed to get the gold,” he says.
Any advice for the competitors at EuroSkills 2021 in Graz? “Prepare conscientiously, work constantly to perfect your craft and keep to the plan your trainer has given you. But don’t forget to enjoy the work itself. Relish every second of your time competing at the European skills championships,” he stresses.

Being one of the EuroSkills heroes and having the privilege to represent the mega event as an official ambassador is a great honour for him. “It is just awesome to be part of this great project and to have the opportunity to throw myself into it heart and soul over the next two years,” says the gold-winning graphic designer who won his title at the age of just 20.


… on his way to EuroSkills 2021 in Graz. The European graphic design champion takes you behind the scenes of exciting events, shares his personal tips and tricks for the competitions and offers interesting insights into his everyday life. Whether on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or in the brand-new We are Skills app, you can be part of EuroSkills in Graz and enjoy the unrivalled spirit of the European skills championships with a touch of Austrian flair.