The 20th annual provincial Skills competition in Saskatchewan was held on Friday, April 13 at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus and Evraz Place Canada Centre. Over 450 students competed in various skilled trades and technology contests.
The medalists in the Autobody Repair Secondary competition were Jayden Cooke (Gold) of Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Brandon Wilson (Silver), also of Swift Current Comprehensive High School, and Josh Warner (Bronze) of Albert E. Peacock Collegiate.
In the Autobody Repair Post-Secondary competition, the medalists were all students from Sask Polytech Saskatoon: Nicole Sheetka (Gold), Borden Ylzoya (Silver) and Francis Shilmoon (bronze).
For the first time in history, the car painting event was held onsite. This essentially requires building a functional bodyshop in the competition area.
The medalists in the Car Painting Secondary competition were Zackary Wakeford (Gold) of Albert E. Peacock Collegiate, Danika Messer (Silver) of Swift Current Comprehensive High School and Cole Martin (Bronze), also of Swift Current Comprehensive High School.
In the Car Painting Post-Secondary competition, the medalists were Stirling Williams and (Gold) Jefferson Bayadas (Silver) both of Sask Polytech Regina.
The medalists in the Automotive Technology Secondary competition were Dustin Murray (Gold) of Yorkton Regional High School, Devin Axon (Silver) of Campus Public Regina and Matthew Sovdi (Bronze) of Thom Collegiate.
All of the medalists in the Automotive Technology Post-Secondary competition were from Sask Polytech Saskatoon: Derek Bon (Gold), Christopher Lawson (Silver) and Katrina Gough (Bronze).
“This is why the Skills Canada Collision Repair program exists—to ensure the collision repair industry is visible at skills competitions across Canada, to support the committees in the work they do, and to help coordinate supplies, parts, paint and materials,” said Leanne Jeffries, Director, Skills Canada Collision Repair Program.
The gold medalists from each competition will travel to Edmonton, Alberta, in June to compete in the Skills Canada National Competition.