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Posted May 20 , 2010
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Skills Competition

LOCAL STUDENTS AND APPRENTICES DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILLS AND ACHIEVE TREMENDOUS RESULTS AS PART OF THE ONTARIO TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS COMPETITION

“Where the Future Performs”

Waterloo - Students from across Ontario competed in various contests at the 21st Ontario Technological Skills Competition at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 17 and 18. Students from the Kitchener-Waterloo Area, took home 26 medals.

The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) is an Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Ontario. Every year the event brings together over 1800 competitors from across the province to compete in more than 60 trade and technology areas. The competition provides an opportunity for those studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested against exacting standards and against their peers from across Ontario. Students vie to win the honour of being crowned the best in their chosen discipline. Coordinated by Skills Canada – Ontario, this year’s competition was held in Waterloo. The theme of this year’s competition was “Where the Future Performs”.

Students who are good at sports are often given the opportunity to compete in athletic events, and win awards for their school, home town, province and country. Meanwhile, those who excel at trades and technologies aren’t often given the same opportunity to shine publicly as they create a delectable menu, a perfect weld, a masterful carpentry project, an industrial part to exacting specifications, a fully realized animated character, a working small engine, and the list of skills goes on. However, today we celebrate the very best in the province as they rose to great heights at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, “Where the Future Performs”.

“The youth of Ontario have demonstrated their abilities in the skilled trades and technologies with tremendous passion! All of the competitors should be very pleased with the results achieved at this year’s competition – they are all winners for choosing a vocation that they enjoy and have the opportunity to excel at in the future,” said Gail Smyth, Executive Director of Skills Canada – Ontario. “Their hard work and efforts to prepare for these contests was very evident. Congratulations to the competitors as well as the coaches, teachers and families for their support.”



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