More than 400 participate at Skills BC competition at Tradex

Students from across the province attended the event on Wednesday for a chance to advance to the nationals

James McHallam of Abbotsford was competing in carpentry during the Skills BC competition held Wednesday at Tradex. More than 400 participants from across the province attended the annual event.

James McHallam of Abbotsford was competing in carpentry during the Skills BC competition held Wednesday at Tradex. More than 400 participants from across the province attended the annual event.



Several Abbotsford students were among the more than 400 participants competing today (Wednesday) at the 22nd annual BC Skills Competition at Tradex.

The event featured more than 35 contest areas such as carpentry, culinary arts, fashion technology, welding, automotive collision repair, hairdressing, electronics and computer animation.

The secondary and post-secondary competitors all qualified for the provincials after winning gold medals at regional events.

The Abbotsford students won their gold medals at the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Skills Competition held last month at the UFV Trade and Technology Centre in Chilliwack.

Those who win gold at the provincial event advance to the national contest, taking place June 5 to 8 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Abbotsford students competing in the provincials were:

* Ashley Lewko and Ryan White of Robert Bateman Secondary in 2D computer animation;

* Brendan McDougall and Kurtis Mar of Yale Secondary in 3D animation;

* Teagan Lansall of Yale in architectural CAD;

* Christian Penaranda of W.J. Mouat in automotive service;

* Erica Johnson of Abbotsford Senior in culinary arts;

* Kyle Jansen of Yale in electrical wiring;

* Brady Sahly of W. J. Mouat in cabinet making;

* James McHallam of Rick Hansen in carpentry;

• Pvitter Brar of Abbotsford Traditional in welding; and

• Avery Warkentin and Salar Jaberi of W. J. Mouat in TV/video production.

The Provincial Skills Competition also featured younger students competing in “junior” events, including the Gravity Vehicle Race, Sumo Robot and Spaghetti Bridge.

Watch abbynews.com for results from the BC Skills competition.