Toronto, Ontario -- May 30, 2019 -- After three days of excitement the Skills Canada National Competition winds down today--but the drama is far from over. This afternoon, the winners for each of the 40 categories are being announced, with each gold medalist guaranteed a spot on Canada's WorldSkills team.
Kicking-off on Monday afternoon in Halifax, more than 6,000 spectators came out to watch SkillsCanada's 550 provincial champions compete in hundreds of events.
From bricklaying and cabinetmaking races, to fashion technology showdowns, nerves ran high as the competitors struggled to claim victory for their provinces, and gold medals for themselves.
With last years auto painting champion, Nicole Hamilton of Nova Scotia, no longer qualifying for Skills Canada, the field was wide open. Within the industry, many fans anxiously await the final results.
Try-a-trade booths popped up all over the exhibition centre as well, encouraging visitors to test out a variety of different activities associated with jobs in the field. This year, students could try their hand at rolling sushi, or testing out what the automotive industry is like with a virtual reality booth.
“The Skills Canada National Competition showcases career opportunities available in the skilled trades and in technology sectors,” chief executive officer of SCNC told Global News Wire. “Young Canadians represent our future skilled workforce and by engaging them in these careers and developing a workforce that includes diverse sets of skills will ensure our country’s prosperity.”
As SNCN fans anticipate the official release of winners name, the SCNC 2019 twitter feed has been buzzing with news of some recent winners from this afternoon.
“Congratulations to Halifax Shipyard welding apprentice Connor for representing Nova Scotia and winning a @Skills_Canada silver medal!” tweeted Irving Shipbuilding, “Way to go!“
Next year's SCNC is expected to be hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia in late May, 2020.
For more information on SCNC or updates on the winners of this year’s competitions, visit skillscompetencescanada.com