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RRC students score medals at national Skills Canada competition

June 5, 2015

#137 - Brick Masonry_editSix Red River College students were among the Team Manitoba members who picked up medals at last weekend’s Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatchewan.

The students were part of a team of 60 high school, college and apprentice-level participants in the annual Olympic-style competition, which took place May 27-30 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

All told, Team Manitoba brought home 27 medals — 10 gold, 11 silver and six bronze — from the event, which saw 550 young students and apprentices from across Canada competing in 46 different trades areas.

“I wish to congratulate Team Manitoba on their medals … and also to recognize our staff’s support,” says David Rew, interim president of RRC, which hosted Team Manitoba’s provincial qualifying rounds on April 9 of this year.

“Our College is committed to supporting skilled trades, as not only the host site for the annual Skills Canada Manitoba Competition, but also on a national level, with a large contingent of staff attending and supporting by judging, volunteering and contributing through the National Technical Committee.”

Skills Canada Manitoba recently won a bid to host the national competition in 2017, providing the provincial chapter with additional opportunities to promote careers in skilled trades and technology, and to reinforce their importance in building an strong and vibrant local economy.

At the close of last weekend’s national competition, the following RRC students were awarded medals:

Gold Medal

  • Peter Morran (shown above), Brick Masonry

Silver Medals

  • Dexter Bracken, Landscape Gardening
  • Brett Keilback, Refrigeration
  • Andrew Tutte, Landscape Gardening
  • Patrick Unrah, Precision Machining

Bronze Medal

  • Lucas Blakely, Heavy Equipment Service