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Zach Walsh from Cambridge, Nova Scotia took home a Medallion of Excellence in refrigeration and air conditioning from WorldSkills, held in Kazan, Russia from August 22-27, 2019. 

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His skills were tested against some of the best students in the world. The achievement caps a series of recent triumphs for the 22 year old apprentice, who also took gold medals at the Nova Scotia Skills competition in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and national gold medals in 2017 (Winnipeg) and 2018 (Edmonton). He earned his spot on Team Canada in May at the 2019 WorldSkills Selection Event in Halifax.

In all, Team Canada 2019 was awarded one silver medal and 14 medallions of excellence. It was our 15th participation in a WorldSkills Competition. Team Canada was comprised of 32 young champions from across the country, ranging in age from 18 to 24.

The WorldSkills Competition is held every two years. This year in Russia it attracted 1,354 competitors from 63 countries and regions and 56 different disciplines. A half dozen technology sectors were represented, including construction and buildings, information and communications, and manufacturing and engineering.

To prepare for the competition, Walsh did detailed research and trained in the shop at NSCC in Dartmouth with his coach, Kevin O’Halloran and WorldSkills Expert, Brian Nicholl; and trained also on the job with his employer, Acadia Refrigeration & AC in Kentville.

Congratulations to Zach, his coaches and supporters, and to all of our great young Team Canada members!

To be learn about or be part of the Ontario Skills Competition, which is administered by HRAI and fellow Member Volunteers, please contact Grace Diecidue, gdiecidue@hrai.ca.