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High school students from across the region showed off their creativity, knowledge, skills and poise under pressure at Okanagan College on Friday as part of the Skills Canada BC 2020 Regional competition.
Upwards of 100 competitors tested their mettle in a host of categories, from Culinary Arts to Automotive Service Technician, to Welding, Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Photography, Electronics and others.
After a morning of fast-paced competitions, winners were crowned during award ceremonies in the afternoon.
Those successful earned berths to Skills BC Provincials in Abbotsford on April 15.
This year is a particularly exciting one for competitors as it is a qualifying year for WorldSkills Championships in Shanghai in 2021. Competitors who advance through provincials in April will have a chance to compete at Nationals, which will be held from May 28-29 in Vancouver. Those who take top spots at Nationals will qualify to represent Canada in Shanghai next year.
“Thank you to all the educators and volunteers at the College and from throughout the region who have come out to make this event possible. Thank to you to the student competitors for stepping up and competing. It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone to compete. This is our 26th year and it’s our biggest year by far,” said Elaine Allan, Executive Director of Skills Canada BC as she addressed competitors during the opening ceremonies.
“Congratulations to all of this year’s competitors. You represented yourselves and your schools extremely well,” said Okanagan College Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship Steve Moores. “We were honoured to once again host this phenomenal event which provides our up-and-coming tradespeople with a chance to test their skills under pressure. We were very impressed with the skills and professionalism on display throughout the competition.”
More information about Skills Canada BC Competitions is available at skillscanada.bc.ca and in the media release from Skills BC.
Find a Flickr gallery of photos from the competition here.