Thompson Rivers University trades and technology students won national awards for demonstrating their talents in skilled trades.
TRU students took home five medals in plumbing, welding and carpentry at the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg last month, beating out hundreds of competitors from across the country.
Hugo Heyes took home a gold medal in the plumbing category, while Nolan Ilic and Cole Allen won gold and bronze, respectively, for their skills in welding.
In carpentry, Mathew Lavigne took home silver in the post-secondary division and Logan Jones did the same in the secondary class.
“Our plumber Hugo and all the other TRU competitors did amazingly well,” TRU plumbing instructor Audrey Curran said. “Anyone brave enough to put themselves out there for these competitions should be very proud of themselves.”
The SCNC is the only multi-trade technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada.
“Events like the Skills Canada National Competition encourage Canadian youth to discover skilled trade and technology careers through interactive activities and find their passion,” Skills Canada’s Shaun Thorson said. “It also allows us to raise awareness of these important and lucrative careers to our future skilled workforce.”
The competition is held annually, and more than 500 competitors from across the country compete for the title of national champion in more than 40 skill areas.
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