Team Singapore punches above its weight at WorldSkills 2011 by winning 14 medals

Team Singapore at the Opening Ceremony of WorldSkills London 2011, O2 Stadium. 2005 Albert Vidal prize winner Viridis Liew, second from right, escorts the team as it courses its way through the stadium.

With their WorldSkill Team Singapore mascot 'Skilleon' in their arms and waving their flags, the high-spirited competitors of Team Singapore was extremely difficult to miss!

With some 1,000 competitors all over the world competing in 46 WorldSkills international trade skills areas, Team Singapore delivered its most outstanding results to date by bagging 14 WorldSkills Competition medals – 4 Golds, 1 Silver, 2 Bronzes and 7 Medallions for Excellence. Dubbed as the ‘Olympics of Skills’, WorldSkills is a prestigious international biennial trade skills competition with countries sending their best and brightest to compete for honour and glory.

Team Singapore, comprising a record number of 22 competitors from the 5 polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), participated in an unprecedented 19 skills categories, rising above 50 countries at the 41st WorldSkills Competition held in London this year, by finishing in sixth place.

Singapore maintained its unbroken run of Gold Medals at WorldSkills Competition in the nation’s strong events – IT Network Systems Administration (formerly IT-PC & Network Support) and Caring skills categories. Despite being one of the youngest competitors of Team Singapore, Mr Sim Mong Khim, Jared, bagged Singapore‟s sixth straight victory in the IT Network Systems Administration skills category since its debut year in 2001. Ms Li Kaiyun, Jaslyn, and Ms Rachel Chloe Chua also kept Singapore’s winning streak in Caring (Team event) since its inception in 2007, with Golds in 2011, 2009 and 2007. The Best of Nation Award, an accolade for a country’s best performer/s was also awarded to Jaslyn and Rachel; competitors from Nanyang Polytechnic.

Ms Chow Wai Kuan also did Singapore and her institution, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, proud by clinching a Gold Medal in the IT Software Solutions for Business skills category after the four-day competition.

Other firsts in Team Singapore’s results at WorldSkills London 2011: Ms Loh Yi Qi, from Nanyang Polytechnic, excelled in Visual Merchandising, a creatively demanding new skills area unveiled in this installment of WSC, by scoring a Bronze Medal as well. Republic Polytechnic’s first participation in the national contingent has been rewarded with a Bronze Medal through competitor Mr Chan Jun Wei, William, in the Information Network Cabling skills category.

Well done Team Singapore!


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