WorldSkills Calgary 2009 unveils official mascots

    NUMAZU CITY, Japan, Nov. 17 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 unveiled its
two official mascots today at the 39th WorldSkills Competition in Numazu City,
    Two Clydesdale horses, named Tug and Tess, have been selected as the
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 mascots. Clydesdale horses were chosen as symbols for
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 because the horses are known for their hard work and
dedication to duty.
    "We are thrilled with Tug and Tess as official mascots for WorldSkills
Calgary," says Kerry Moynihan, Vice President External. "Tug and Tess will be
used in a fun way to bring awareness to skilled trades and technology as well
as the international competition that Calgary will host in September 2009."
    Names for the male and female horses were selected through a
province-wide contest. A total of 275 entries were received and the winning
entry was for the names Tug and Tess, submitted by Brenda Perry, a resident of
High Prairie, Alberta.
    For submitting the winning entry Brenda will receive a Samsung flat
screen television and a package of Makita power tools provided by Calgary
Fasteners and Tools.
    As official mascots of WorldSkills Calgary 2009, Tug and Tess will be
part of the WorldSkills 2007 Closing Ceremonies to be held on Wednesday,
November 21, 2007.

    WorldSkills is an international competition in which more than
850 apprentices 22 years of age or younger compete in challenging their skills
in the trades and technology. Over 900 competitors from 49 countries will be
participating in Calgary in 2009.

    NOTE: Pictures taken of Tug and Tess in Japan are available by contacting
    Kerry Moynihan.


    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 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 Stadium.
    -   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 TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Kerry Moynihan, Vice-President External,
WorldSkills Calgary 2009, E-mail:, Japan
Cell Phone: (81) 80-6613-8825

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