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Team Nova Scotia wins 12 medals

The 22nd annual Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) came to a close Saturday in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This year, Nova Scotia was represented in 38 skill categories in the following sectors: construction, employment, information technology, manufacturing & engineering, services, and transportation. The competitions took place over two days, with 550 competitors representing every province and territory. The SCNC brings together industry, government and education representatives; and approximately 10,000 student visitors. Skilled trade celebrities Kate Campbell, Mike Holmes Jr., Sherry Holmes, Paul LaFrance and Jeremy Senaris participated in the event.

Team Nova Scotia won 12 medals: 8 bronze, 3 silver, and 1 gold.  The secondary medalists came from Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, and Halifax Regional School Boards; Post secondary medalists came from the Nova Scotia Community College, and Apprenticeship.

Team Nova Scotia also won the Team Spirit Award.

“Competitors on Team Nova Scotia have been training with their coaches for weeks in preparation for the Skills Canada National Competition. The medal results demonstrate how dedicated these youth are, and how exceptional Nova Scotia’s training is,” says Courtney Gouthro, Executive Director of Skills Canada – Nova Scotia. “With expert level training and an amazing team experience, some members of Team Nova Scotia now approach the remainder of their education, while others enter Nova Scotia’s workforce, both with confidence and advocacy.”

Skills Canada – Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for youth to explore skilled trades and technologies, discover their passions, and strive for excellence. Team Nova Scotia’s participation in the Skills Canada National Competition was made possible in part through partnerships with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, Employment and Social Development Canada, and the Nova Scotia Community College.

2017 Skills Canada National Competition Medalists Include:

Gold:
Zachary Walsh – Refrigeration &
Air Conditioning

Silver:
Brandon McCarthy – CNC Machining
Kyle Oickle – Mechanical CADD
Justin Thornhill – Carpentry (S)

Bronze:
Brendan Ashworth – Plumbing
Zoe Bartel – Baking (S)
Diana Davidson & Calum MacRae – Landscape Gardening
Luke Jackson – Cabinetmaking
Marina Turbide – Job Search
Ashley Waye – Hairstyling
Kyla Welton – Cooking

Best in Region Awarded To:
Ashley Waye – Hairstyling

AND the 2017 Team Spirit Award!