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A student from Saskatoon gets ready for the competition.

Skills Canada competition puts
skilled youth to the test in Winnipeg

Last week, 550 of the most talented students and apprentices from across the country were tried, tested and judged while competing at the RBC Centre in Winnipeg, at the Skills Canada National Competition.

Over 200 medals were awarded to the top industry champions in six skilled trade or technology sectors. The competitors were evaluated based on strict industry standards.

Celebrities included HGTV's Mike Holmes Jr., Sherry Holmes, Paul Lafrance and Kate Campbell, as well as Jeremy Senaris from MasterChef Canada, season three.

"It is an amazing feeling to be crowned national champion in CNC Machining," said Dallas Duncombe from Winnipeg. "I am so proud to be part of the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition, and I hope that many more young Canadians will get a chance to explore the exciting career options that exist in the skilled trades and technology sectors - there are so many possibilities!"

"It was an unbelievable and unforgettable experience at this years Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, knowing I did my best but not knowing how I finished compared to the other competitors," said Zach Walsh, gold medal winner in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning from Nova Scotia. The feeling of winning a Gold Medal was surreal and something I will remember for the rest of my life."

The next Skills Canada National Competition will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, June 3 to 6, 2018.

SCNC is the only national multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country. Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not‐for‐profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth.

For more information about SCNC visit their website.

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