Students win big at national competition

6/14/2007 4:29:50 PM

Congratulations to Team Newfoundland and Labrador 2007 for taking home the most medals ever won by this province at a national Canadian Skills Competition (CSC).

The competition was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from June 6-9, 2007 at the Trade Centre at Prairieland Park. Of the 13 medals won by Team Newfoundland and Labrador, six were awarded to College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students.

Taking gold was Shawn Edwards of Prince Philip Drive campus for IT and Network Support, taking silver in Electronics was Stephen Genge of Ridge Road campus, and taking bronze were Becki Peckham of Prince Philip Drive for Graphic Design, Michael Martin of Prince Philip Drive for Website Development, Jonathon Yeo of Ridge Road for Architectural Technology and Design and Justin Flight of Prince Philip Drive for Automotive Service.

“From a Skills Canada perspective, I am certainly very pleased with the overall results, as well as the success demonstrated by our college students,” says John Oates, campus administrator at CNA’s Ridge Road campus in St. John’s, and President of Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador. “It was a great competition and we are very proud of all our competitors. They represented their province with confidence and competence. Congratulations to all.”

The CSC is an Olympic-style skills competition showcasing students' technical and leadership skills. Students participate in practical challenges designed to test skills required in technology and trade occupations, competing against other youth from across the nation.

The main goal of the CSC programming throughout the year is to deliver hands-on opportunities to explore careers and to raise awareness for the general population of the value of skilled trades and technology occupations.

More than 500 students from secondary and post-secondary institutions throughout the country competed in 40 competitions, having earned a spot on their team through the provincial skilled trade and technology competitions. For Newfoundland and Labrador, that was the 10th annual Provincial Skills Competition, which took place in March and was hosted mainly by CNA in St. John’s.

Qualifying National Skills Canada winners earn the right to compete in the 40th World Skills Competition, taking place in Calgary, Alberta in 2009.

Congratulations to all competitors and winners!


For more information contact:

Stephen Lee
Manager of Marketing and Communications
College of the North Atlantic
(709) 643-7721


Glenda McCarthy
Public Relations Assistant
College of the North Atlantic
(709) 643-6408