Day 1 Daily Report from WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    CALGARY, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - For the first time in the history of the
WorldSkills Competition, the five leading Competitors in selected skills are
being announced following each competition day, in random order, so that
enthusiasts in Calgary and around the world can watch events unfold. Final
results and medalists will be announced at the Closing Ceremony on September
6, 2009.
    The WorldSkills Competition is a celebration of excellence that
encourages and promotes even greater achievement. It is about international
exchange and participation. Yesterday, over 21,000 people were in attendance
at the Competition, including Competitors, Delegates, Experts, volunteers,
students and members of the public.
    Competition in all 45 skills occurs simultaneously each day. Following a
complex evaluation process after the first day of competition yesterday, teams
of Experts in 15 of the skill areas reported the five leading Competitors in
those categories.
    Within these 15 reporting skill categories, France led the world with
eight Competitors placing in the top five. The other delegations with highly
successful Competitors in these categories included Canada and Switzerland,
with five top five placements each, and Austria, Japan, Sweden, and the U.K.
with four each.
    "We had an eventful first day of competition yesterday," said Richard
Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009. "One of the more
dramatic moments was the speed competition in network cabling, which was
stressful for the Competitors as many encountered materials they had not seen
before. They had to assemble accurate connections in series, completing as
many as they could in half an hour. Watching young pastry chefs create
sculptures out of marzipan was another highlight from the day. The excitement
in the competition halls is palpable."
    Among smaller delegations, Tunisia stood out yesterday. Saidi Mossab, one
of just five Tunisian Competitors, placed in the top five positions in the
electronics competition.
    The five Canadians with top five placements are: Marc-Olivier Bélanger of
Quebec, Welding; Simon Beauchamp of Quebec, Offset Printing; Scott Blair of
Ontario, Carpentry; Matthew Chadder of Alberta, IT PC/Network Support; Brian
Everts of British Columbia, Aircraft Maintenance.
    For more information about the 40th WorldSkills Competition unfolding now
in Calgary, a full list of today's top five by category, and links to a
variety of informative stories, visit the website at Broadcast quality video is also available at
CNW's Broadcast on Demand service, at For interview requests,
please call the Media Centre to be connected to the appropriate person for
each skill or country/region.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at Images are free to accredited members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Karissa Boley, World Skills Media Centre,
Phone: (403) 988-2888; Laurie Stretch, World Skills Media Centre, Phone: (403)

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