I participated in a VICA trade competition when I was in high school. I went not knowing what to expect. I thought I was going to be competeing against other high school students......it ended up I was competeing against grown men in trade school. One guy had tatoos and long hair.......another guy had a wife a kid. The wife and kid bkew my mind. I was 16 and these guys were 20 somthings.
I was slower but I did manage to finish. Everything was dry fit and I screwed up trying to make the proper cuts.....the other guys cut it just so it all stayed together. I didn't know any better. OH it was to rough in a bathroom on piers with water and drain.
I remember it feeling cool to be going to a plumbing competition.......I agree it is inspiring to participate in those things.