Win gold for skills
Aug 30 2008 by Andrew Baldwin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
NOW that the dust has settled on the sporting action in the Beijing Olympics, the focus has shifted to the London Games in 2012.
However, six months before, in October 2011, the UK will see an influx of some 1,200 competitors and a similar number of judges from around 60 competing nations, for an event that will attract about 250,000 spectators.
This is not some special warm-up event for the Olympics, it is for WorldSkills London 2011, an equally important event in which the best of young people who have chosen the vocational route in their working life, get a chance to compete, and perhaps, to win gold for their country.
Hundreds of young people, mostly under the age of 22, will take part in around 40 skill competitions ranging from landscape gardening and graphic design to floristry and automotive technology.
It’s intense, challenging and hard work. And forget one race and you’re done: a WorldSkills competition lasts for four days!
Many young British people across the country are already training hard and are about to take part in selection events to see if they can win a place in Team UK.
The UK will always need a skilled workforce and these young adults are proving that they have what it takes. Indeed they demonstrate the skills that are needed to run and build London 2012. Despite what you might hear and read, not all young people are falling for the cult of celebrity, aspiring only to be famous or wearing hoodies and getting up to no good.
WorldSkills deserves the attention that has been given to Team GB or any of our other sporting UK teams.