WorldSkills Calgary 2009 launches Name the Mascots Contest

    CALGARY, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 has launched a Province
wide "Name the Mascots" contest. The two mascots are a female and male
Clydesdale horse. Clydesdale horses are very active horses. They are known for
their hard work and dedication to duty. "Horses are synonymous with Calgary
and the great Province of Alberta, the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary
Stampeders Football Club," remarked Kerry Moynihan, Vice President External.
"A pair of Clydesdale horses was a natural choice to symbolize skilled trades
for WorldSkills Calgary 2009. Clydesdales are an active, intelligent and a
stylish draft horse," said Moynihan.
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is seeking help from Alberta residents to help
name the mascots. Submit names for the two mascots online. To enter the
contest, visit the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 web site at and follow the links.
    The names of the mascots and winner(s) will be announced at the 39th
WorldSkills Competition taking place in Shizuoka Japan, from November 14 - 21,
2007. The mascots were designed and produced by Street Characters Inc. based
in Calgary. The contest deadline is 11 pm MDT, Friday, November 2, 2007. There
are two prizes. One 26 inch Samsung Flat Panel LCD HDTV valued at $700 and a
Makita 2 Tool Cordless Combo Kit valued at $400, provided by the Calgary
Fasteners Group.
    "The two mascots from the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games, Heidi and Howdy are
still remembered today as important symbols of the Games," said Kerry
Moynihan. "WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will not be any different as we showcase
the importance of skilled trades and technology based careers."


    About WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    -   WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization that
        was established to plan and host the 40th WorldSkills Competition in
        September 2009.

    -   The competition will take place from September 1 - 6, 2009, to be
        held at Calgary Stampede Park.

    -   900 competitors from 49 member countries (representing 20 languages)
        will be participating.

    -   The organization's mission is to engage the passion of Canada's young
        people to pursue the trades and technology as viable and rewarding
        career options.

    -   The competition will be attended by nearly 150,000 spectators and
        5,000 international experts, delegates and judges from around the

    -   It will require 800,000 square feet of space at Stampede Park.

    -   The competitors will be housed and fed at the first ever WorldSkills
        Village located at SAIT Polytechnic.

    -   Operating budget is $67 million.

    -   Economic impact is $82.5 million ($15.8 million in visitor
        expenditures and $66.7 million in operating expenditures.

    About the WorldSkills Competition

    -   The WorldSkills Competition is the biggest skills competition in the

    -   The first competition was held in 1950 in Madrid, Spain. Canada last
        hosted the WorldSkills Competition in Montréal in 1999 at the Olympic

    -   Every two years, over 900 competitors from 49 member countries gather
        to compete in over 40 skill categories ranging from welding, cooking,
        autobody repair and landscape gardening to beauty care and web

    -   The competition attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors including
        public policy makers, government representatives, employers,
        teachers, trainers and experts from around the world.


    -   JPEG files (original art) of the two mascots are available on request
        from Kerry Moynihan, at 403-969-5963 or by e mail at

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Kerry Moynihan, Vice-President External,
WorldSkills Calgary 2009, E-mail:, Phone:
(403) 210-5963, Cell Phone: (403) 969-5963

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