15 April 2009
By Christine Scoot, Marketing and Project Coordinator, WSI
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. and WorldSkills International (WSI) hosted a Team Leader Working Group following the recent Technical Committee / Chief Experts' Meetings in Calgary with the goal of refining and enhancing all aspects of the Competition that relate to Team Leaders and Competitors.
During the 3-day program, the Team Leaders toured both the Competition Site and the Competitor Village, and discussed with WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd and WorldSkills International all host-related aspects of Competitor events and activities with the aim of clarifying, agreeing, and improving where possible.
The topic of everyone’s interest was the Competitor Experience. SAIT Polytechnic will serve as the Competitor Village during the Competition and discussions about turning student accommodation into a Competitors Village lead to great development in how everything is going to work during the Competition.
In addition to offering excellent accommodation for our Competitors, SAIT is equipped with excellent recreational facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, basketball courts and even an ice skating rink.
The residences where the Competitors and Team Leaders will be staying are also equipped with a laundry room, a game room and a prayer room. For a 360 degree virtual tour of the rooms click here.
Other topics discussed were improvement of the Team Leader handbook , introduction of Codes of Conduct both for Team Leaders and Competitors, Team Leader meetings structure, Ramadan, non-Competition activities, transportation, media engagement and volunteers.
The following Members/Entities participated in the Team Leaders' Working Group: Denmark, Australia, Finland, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and WorldSkills London 2011.
For more information please visit www.worldskills2009.com.