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WorldSkills Calgary 2009 unveiled its two official mascots on November 17, 2007, at the 39th WorldSkills Competition in Shizuoka, Japan.

Two Clydesdale horses, named Tug and Tess, have been selected as the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 mascots. Clydesdale horses were chosen as symbols for WorldSkills Calgary 2009 because the horses are known for their hard work and dedication to duty.

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"We are thrilled with Tug and Tess as official mascots for WorldSkills Calgary," says Kerry Moynihan, Vice President External. "Tug and Tess will be used in a fun way to bring awareness to skilled trades and technology as well as the WorldSkills Competition that Calgary will host in September 2009."

Names for the male and female horses were selected through a province-wide (Alberta, Canada) contest. A total of 275 entries were received and the winning entry was for the names Tug and Tess, submitted by Brenda Perry, a resident of High Prairie, Alberta.

For submitting the winning entry Brenda will receive a Samsung flat screen television and a package of Makita power tools provided by Calgary Fasteners and Tools.

As official mascots of WorldSkills Calgary 2009, Tug and Tess took part in the WorldSkills Competition Closing Ceremony that was held on Wednesday, November 21, 2007.

Over 900 competitors from 49 countries are anticipated to participate in the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary in September 2009.

For more information please contact: Kerry T. Moynihan, WorldSkills Calgary 2009: kerry.moynihan@worldskills2009.com.


By Michelle Bussey, Marketing and Communications, WorldSkills International

Official delegate for Jamaica, Kevin Mullings at the GA in Shizuoka
Official delegate for Jamaica, Kevin Mullings at the GA in Shizuoka

At the final General Assembly meeting at the WorldSkills Shizuoka 2007 Competition, the WorldSkills Members voted Jamaica to be the host for its 2010 General Assembly.

Both Jamaica and Singapore were vying for the right to host the 2010 General Assembly (GA). They both offered outstanding facilities and attractions that would provide a first class event plus unique cultural experiences. Via a voting process, Jamaica was the winner.

As part of their bid presentation, Jamaica said the GA2010 would:

  • Launch the WorldSkills brand in the Caribbean
  • Bring national and regional attention to skills development
  • Tie in with the first Caribbean Skills Competition with 15 potential new members

The Caribbean is a business and services destination and there is movement towards a Caribbean Single Market Economy. Promoting a skills respect culture is essential to economic success and hosting the WorldSkills General Assembly will provide a great marketing and exposure boost towards supporting Jamaica's goals in this direction.

For more information please visit: www.worldskills.org or www.worldskillsjamaica.org


By Tjerk Dusseldorp, President, WorldSkills International

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Just the change of a single word can make so much difference to the meaning of a sentence. If I'd written "Competition" instead of "Experience" you would have expected me to focus on all the outstanding successes of the Competition - the record number of competitors and visitors, and the massive logistics and cost involved in staging the event and so on.

But by focusing on the WorldSkills "Experience" I think we get to our purpose and role which is animating a world wide skill and learning network of individuals, organisations, agencies and communities to promote the essential contribution that skills make to any society.

I believe the overall WorldSkills Experience in Shizuoka was significantly richer than ever before, simply because I could see that the experiences of all our key stakeholders were significantly enhanced, as they were meant to be.

SE_3.jpg Of course our young skill champions wanted and got an environment that enabled them to do their best work, but they were also looking for opportunities to make new contacts and friends from around the world, and a chance to learn something about the host country.

Our Japanese hosts helped them to achieve this by providing shared accommodation in a Japanese resort in the foothills of Mt Fuji, arranging the immensely successful "One School One Country" cultural exchange experience where each country/region was supported by a local school, and transported 200,000 visitors to the Competition site which left our young champions with a precious lifelong memory of being highly appreciated for their skills and determination to succeed.

This same spirit was evident in the work of the multinational expert groups and delegates who conducted the nearly 50 separate skill category competitions without any significant disputation despite the inevitable obstacles some of them confronted.

SE_2.jpgThis can be attributed in part to the high quality service of our small but very talented and dedicated Secretariat and the new IT communication and management tools they have created to help our hundreds of volunteer experts to share their expertise before, during and after the Competition.

I was also pleased with how the proposed future direction for WSI was strongly endorsed by our member delegates, and supported by a willingness to add some modest new financial resources to the Secretariat to implement it.

I am glad to see that the Action Plan  "Releasing the Full WorldSkills Potential" is now posted right up front on the WSI web site homepage (under "News") so members can easily refer to it and be reminded of where the organisation is headed.

Looking ahead, I believe WorldSkills will not only continue to manage big skills competition events such as Calgary 2009 and London 2011 and beyond, but also continue to evolve as a dynamic global skills development network of like minded individuals and organisations which will benefit untold numbers of young people to achieve their potential.


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The 39th WorldSkills Competition is officially over. The medals, awards and certificates have all been given out and the Competitors be returning to their home country shortly. The Closing Ceremony was a wonderful display of energy and excitement. All 47 skill categories announced their champions, followed by the Best of Nation announcements and finally the Albert Vidal Award was presented.

The Albert Vidal Award was achieved by Nicolas Drouin from Canada who participated in Cooking. This Award is named after the founder of WorldSkills International from Spain. During thirty-one Skill Olympics, Francisco Albert-Vidal was responsible for the achievement of the original goals in a changing world: 33 years as an untiring promoter in his position as Secretary General and seven years as President of the International Organisation constantly presenting new ideas. The Vocational Training Competitions became his life's work and the International Organisation was shaped into what it is today. In memory of Albert Vidal, the Award signifies the Competitor that achieves the highest score out of all the Competitors.

All WorldSkills International Members are returning home having had a great experience, having learned a lot of new things about their skill and having made connections, memories, and friendships to last them a lifetime.

The Farewell Party, also hosted by Numazu City, afterwards for all the participants was extremely well attended and enjoyed by all.


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The last day of the WorldSkills Competition is here! Months and sometimes years of training are all leading up to this day. Competitors have to strategise carefully to ensure that they meet their goals. The pressure is high and the concentration is intense. Walking throughout the Competition site, you can see the focus written all over the faces of the Competitors. They are working hard to finish their projects but equally hard to keep their calm.

Visitors continue to flood the Competition site, it is a sea of people everywhere. Raising the awareness of the skills and the WorldSkills movement has been a huge success in Numazu. Visitors from around the world and from Japan are all captivated at the magnitude of the Competition and the level of skill the Competitors hold.

Numazu City has hosted thousands of people at their festival by the lake near the WorldSkills Competition site. It has been a wonderful place for local hospitality. Visitors have been able to sample the traditional food, music, culture and crafts.

All sights are turning towards the Closing Ceremony on November 21.

 

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