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
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.
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.
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
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.
tens of thousands of visitors each day of the Competition, the WorldSkills
Competition has been extremely well attended. There are thousands of people
wandering the Halls and the grounds of the Competition site. Spectators were
perched at the side of each skill area tentatively watching the Competitors at
work. Web cameras on each Competitor helped the spectators get up close and
personal with the Competitors to truly witness and understand the complexity of
the projects and tasks that were being worked on.
500 media are registered from domestic and international media outlets making
the coverage of the WorldSkills Competition worldwide. The WorldSkills online
Media Centre is expanding at a phenomenal rate as photographers from around the
world upload photos onto the website. Interviews are being hosted throughout the
site and broadcasts around the world are being conducted everywhere you
Competitors have reached the half way mark in the Competition. They are busily
working to stay on schedule and keep their focus. As the crowds grow and the
pressure increases, the Competitors have to test their ability to remain on
task. As Day 3 of the Competition comes and goes, the Competitors quickly
realize that they only have one more day mto realize their goals. The key is to
remain calm and concentrated.
luck to all the Competitors on Day 4!
2 of the WorldSkills Competition started with visits from very special guests.
The Crown Prince of Japan visited several of the skills in the morning, talking
to and watched the Competitors in action. There was an arranged time for him
with various Workshop Supervisors. At the
other side of the Competition site, 130 VIP leaders from over 15 countries
representing government, education, training, industry and organisations arrived
to see the Competition for the first time. They were lead in small groups
throughout the site by Executive Board members, past WorldSkills Champions,
Global Sponsor Partners and dedicated volunteers.
guided tour ended at the WorldSkills Leaders Forum. The Vice Governor of
Shizuoka Prefecture gave a warm welcome to the VIPs where he expressed the
Prefecture's excitement and
gratitude for hosting the WorldSkills Competition and International Abilympics.
With 200 leaders in attendance Dr. Ji Oh Song gave a dynamic and interactive
keynote presentation on Samsung Electronics. All the VIPs were captivated by Dr.
the Competitors continued to work away on their test projects throughout the
day. With thousands of school children and general public, the Competition site
was a thriving place of activities. Everyone expressed their amazement over the
magnitude of the Competition. Mt. Fuji has also been gracing us with her
presence and provides the prefect back drop to the Competition site.
1 of the 39th WorldSkills Competition kicked of yesterday. For the first time,
the Competitors, Experts, Delegates, Observers, and visitors were together
onsite. Over 810 Competitors from 47 countries are represented in 47 skills.
There are 17 Halls spread over a large area in Numazu City. With fresh flowers
and bright signage throughout the Competition site, Japan once again shows a
warm welcome to all.
Competitors started their briefing in their Competition workshops at 9:00am.
Media and visitors are anxiously waiting to get their first glance of the
Competitors in action and finally entered the Competition Halls for the first
time at 10:00am.
schedule included finalising the test projects in all of the skills so the
Competitors were busy going over blueprints, details and layouts for their
skill. They had to set a personal plan to make sure that they accomplish their
goal of completing the test project. The test projects have been developed by
the Experts in their skill over months and months of preparation.
Competitors have been practicing and training to prefect their skills the last
several months, and today it finally starts. Once the Experts arrived onsite,
they worked together to change 30% of the test projects so that the Competitors
will have new and different twists in their test projects.
WorldSkills Competition has begun!
For more pictures
WSC2007 Shizuoka Galleries