More than 600 students from across the province competed last Wednesday in various categories during the Skills Canada BC event at Tradex in Abbotsford. (Black Press/ File photo)

Eight Chilliwack students earn hardware at Skills Canada provincial competition

Welders, carpenters, designers and more compete in annual skills event

Several students from Chilliwack schools brought home hardware after competing in the provincials for the 2019 Skills Canada.

The event was held April 17 at the Tradex in Abbotsford, and featured more than 600 competitors in 58 competitions that ran the gamut from 3D animation to baking, aerospace to robotics. The competition was the level up from the regionals, where the competitors earned their place at the provincials.

Those who earned medals at the provincials are Ethan Putz, Jacob Guretzki and Ben Dods, from Chilliwack middle school, who earned gold in Jr. Gravity Vehicle.

Brody Dunbar from Sardis secondary won gold in welding. Austin Bamford from Sardis secondary won gold in mechanical CAD for post secondary and secondary. Kevin Warkentin, also from Sardis secondary, won bronze in mechanical CAD for both post secondary and secondary.

From the University of the Fraser Valley, Jarren French won gold in electrical wiring, Jaeden LeClerc won silver in welding, and Kyle Hamilton won bronze in carpentry.

The competition was open to students from Grades Six through 12, as well as post-secondary students. Parents, career educators, industry leaders, technical experts, sponsors, employers, labour organizations and government officials also attend this event as audience members.

The Skills Canada Nationals are being held May 27-30 in Halifax, NS.

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