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Day 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The WorldSkills Competition has begun!

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On Wednesday, November 14th, the 39th WorldSkills Competition (WSC) and 7th International Abilympics (IA) kicked off with a bang at Granship in Shizuoka City. The event was a combination of cultural exchange and national pride for the numerous teams marching in.

With the Crown Prince in attendance, the event showcased Competitors from both the WSC and IA marching across the stage of the main hall of Granship, representing 61 countries/regions in total. The excitement level was high and you could feel the mix of emotions in the atmosphere of the Competitors who were anxiously looking forward to the days of Competition to follow. After the in march the Competitors took their seats and were addressed by several dignitaries including the Crown Prince.

Three Competitors and 3 Experts from the WSC were given the opportunity to represent the rest of the Competitors and Experts and take the Oath of integrity, impartiality, transparency and fairness. After the Opening Ceremony, the Competitors moved to an Exchange Reception, where Competitors from both Competitions and from all the countries/regions gathered together to share stories of their journey, their homes and themselves.

The Competitors enjoyed the night and were also finishing their mental preparation for the big days to come. The 39th WorldSkills Competition is officially open!

For more information please visit:

www.worldskills2007.com


Gokigen!

4 March 2008

festival2.jpgNumazu City , who was also responsible for arranging the ‘One School One Country’ program, is putting a lot of heart and effort in to celebrating the fact that WorldSkills is in town. Among many initiatives Nu mazu City have taken the opportunity to welcome everyone by hosting a spectacular festival around City.

The Numazu Festival is spread over four different locations throughout November:

  • Kadoike Park
  • Imperial Villa Park
  • Numazu Port
  • Kiramesse Numazu (21st only for closing ceremony till 9:30pm)

festival3.jpgKadoike Park is located less than a minutes walk away from the Competition site and surrounds the beautiful “ Lake Kadoike ”. The area has been filled with exciting events including an International/Cultural Exchange Area and a food court that serves traditional dishes from Japan . In the Monozukuri area you can try your hand at origami, and wood and bamboo craft. In this area you can experience stage events, dance, taiko drums and pay special attention to the exchange event on November 17 & 18th. The Kadoike festival runs from November 15-18th from 9.00am-5.00pm. We recommend to everyone to spend some time in this warm atmosphere that has been arranged for the support of the WorldSkills event.

festival4.jpgThe festival ends with a big after party at Kiramesse Numazu where the Closing Ceremony takes place. The party will be held outside with a stage, food stands, souvenir shop and a bar surrounding a festival tower. This also involves the live broadcasting of the Closing Ceremony, Festival shops, a bar and Yosakoi dancer’s.

If you wish to read more about the event, please visit: www.gokigen-numazu.com


oneschool1.jpg Just before the start of the WorldSkills Competition, Monday 12th November, Kanaoka Elementary School welcomed the Dutch Team members at their School. This welcome is part of the program “One School One Country” offered by Numazu City. Also the school will visit the WorldSkills Competition site to support the Team.

It was a great welcome starting with a lunch, each Dutch team member in a different class of the school, together with all the children. Every class prepared a few questions for each candidate and although the two languages would suggest that communicating was not really easy, the children and team members had a great time together, especially when one of the team members came into the school, dressed as a lion!

After lunch, the Dutch team was welcomed in the big school hall, where all 850 children where waiting for them to perform a beautiful program. The team marched into the impressive hall while Dutch flags were waving everywhere and a famous Dutch victory song was played.

All the children of Kanaoka Elementary School made music, song, spoke and danced at their best, an impressive and warm way of welcoming a team from the other side of the world. Moreover the school really took the effort in getting to know the Dutch culture and sharing some their Japanese to the Dutch team. An overwhelming and inspiring experience of which all the Team members said that they did not know how to express their feelings and how to tell people back home, what it actually meant. An experience they, and hopefully the Japanese children of Kanaoka Elementary School, will never forget for the rest of their lives. 


champpcard.jpgThe many excited and hopeful Competitors set their feet on to the grounds of the 39th WorldSkills Competition in Shizouka today. The WorldSkills Champions Exchange team will be on site to give the next generation a warm welcome.

WorldSkills Champions Exchange is being spread far and wide. 83 Competitors, past and present, have already lodged expressions of interest to participate in an exchange. With the Champions Exchange team due to begin their promotional campaign today.

Forming the Champions Exchange Team are former Competitors, Ben Irwin (Australia), Daniel Burpitt (UK), Kian Ann Tan (Singapore), Ross Wasson (Ireland), Cornelia Imser (Austria) and Younghoon Kim (Korea). The team will be stationed at the Competitors Village where they have the opportunity to talk with Competitors about exchange possibilities; they'll be hosting movie nights, leading guided walks and making sure the Exchange Lounge is booming chill-out tunes from i-pods attached to speaker sets.

If you're at the Competition, be sure to stroll through the Global Skills Village where you can meet the Champions Exchange Team - or look for the blue and white shirts darting around the Competition floor.

For more information please visit: www.worldskillschampions.com

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