Showcasing their skills
Area apprentices bring home medals from national competition
Two young men from the Trinity-Conception region recently returned from the Skills Canada National Competition in Quebec with their suitcases a little heavier than when they left Newfoundland.
They were carrying with them medals from their respective competition areas.
Michael Rowe of Green’s Harbour and Berne Fitzgerald of Harbour Grace, both 24, were part of the 41 competitors of Team Newfoundland and Labrador.
Over 500 secondary and postsecondary students and apprentices from across the country competed in this annual four-day event, held June 1-4 in Quebec City.
Thirteen turned out to be a lucky number for the provincial team, as that was the exact number of medals it brought home.
“ Team Newfoundland and Labrador performed and behaved with utmost class and excellence while at the national competition,” said Carole Ann Ryan, executive director of Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador.
Rowe, who is employed at Hickman Motors in Carbonear, competed in the car-painting competition, while Fitzgerald competed in autobody repair. Both are apprentices at the College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive campus, in St. John’s.
Rowe won the gold medal in his field, surpassing the silver medalist by a significant margin. In addition, he won the coveted best-in-region award for his outstanding performances. Fitzgerald was awarded the bronze medal in his field.
Human Resources, Labour and Employment Minister Darin King said this province turned in the best performance in Atlantic Canada and was among the top medal counts in the country.
“ They showcase the skills and aptitudes that are in great demand around the world, while simultaneously exploring potential careers that may lead to long-term sustainable employment. This is indeed a great accomplishment,” King said.
The competitive platform of the national competition presents a constructive and celebratory venue, inspiring students and apprentices to continue the tradition of excellence in the fields of skilled trades and technologies.
The $3 million event recognizes the important and highly skilled work of young tradespeople and technologists nationwide.