WorldSkills Calgary 2009 to promote Calgary event at the 39th WorldSkills Competition in Shizuoka, Japan

    CALGARY, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - To prepare for hosting the 40th WorldSkills
Competition, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is sending representatives to Shizuoka,
Japan from November 14th to 21st. Facilitated by the WorldSkills
International's Observer Program for future hosts, this will also provide a
chance to promote the city and generate excitement surrounding the 2009
Competition in Calgary. Shizuoka represents the final WorldSkills Competition
before Calgary welcomes the world.
    WorldSkills is an international competition where participants challenge
their skills in trades and technology based events. Over 900 competitors from
49 countries will be participating over four days at Stampede Park in 40 skill
categories from September 1-6, 2009. The operating budget for the event is
$67.8 million.
    "Our team includes board members, staff, partners, technical volunteers
and vendors," explains Kerry Moynihan, Vice President External. "For a
majority of the group this will be the first time attending a WorldSkills
Competition. We will be soaking up the experience, focussing on technical and
logistical details and expanding our reach with the WorldSkills family.
Gaining from their knowledge and experience will be crucial," says Moynihan.
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009's participation at the Closing Ceremony includes
the traditional Flag handover and what promises to be a lively entertainment
    Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009, adds,
"Host cities are continually raising the bar, and the Competition is becoming
bigger and better each time. We want to build on the success of the Shizuoka
event, and make the Calgary competition the new benchmark for future
competitions. Representatives from our delegation will take every advantage to
learn in Shizuoka," Walker adds.

    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will be involved in a number of key activities in
Japan, including:

    -  Operating Canada House, located at the Global Skills Village,
    -  Providing a WSC 2009 update on operational planning to the 49 member
    -  Working with officials to gain organizational knowledge at all levels,
    -  Actively participating at the Global Leaders' Conference,
    -  Introducing the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Mascots and announcing their
       names - November 17, 2007,
    -  Hosting meetings with WorldSkills Global Sponsors,
    -  Participating in the Closing Ceremonies, including an Exchange
       Protocol ceremony.

    The details of WorldSkills Calgary 2009's portion of the Closing Ceremony
are being held under close wraps, but Kerry Moynihan confirms, "We will use
the opportunity to begin telling the story of Calgary's event in 2009 through
a unique combination of Canadian talent and themes that reflect our great


    39th WorldSkills Competition - Shizuoka, Japan

    -   Skills 2007 - International Skills Festival for All.
        -  39th WorldSkills Competition
        -  7th International Abilympics

    -   39th WorldSkills Competition
        -  900 Competitors, 49 Countries, 150,000 spectators
        -  Competition site is in the Kadoike district, Numazu City
        -  Opening Ceremonies - November 14
        -  Competition Days - November 15,16,17,18
        -  Closing Ceremonies - November 21

    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.
    -   Nearly 150,000 spectators and 5,000 experts, delegates and judges
        from around the world will attend the competition.
    -   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 $67.8 million.

    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.

    NOTE: For more information contact Kerry Moynihan - WSC 2009 - Vice
President External Phone 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, Japan Cell Phone:
(81)-80-6613-8825 - arrive in Japan - November 8, 2007

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