Guelph student wins gold at Skills Canada National Competition

For Lia Kirkpatrick, the opportunity to represent Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition last month was pretty special, it was the final step of a nine-month-long journey of hard work, practice and persistence.

The grade nine student from St James Catholic High School competed in the Workplace Safety competition where she earned a gold medal.The competition involved identifying hazards in a mock workplace, pointing out safety mechanisms in place at other skills competition sites, and a presentation on occupational health and safety in front of a panel of judges. Lia actually won two gold medals, taking the first prize at the provincial skills competition in Toronto in May before moving on to the nationals.

“I was so excited – and surprised – to win at my first national competition,” said Lia Kirkpatrick, grade 9 at St James Catholic High School. “The entire process of training, winning at regionals, the provincials in Toronto and then traveling to Edmonton with my Dad and grandma has been amazing! I am so thankful to everyone who helped me with this, especially my friend Emma who encouraged me to get involved.”

The Skills Canada National Competition provides an opportunity for young Canadians from across the nation to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas.

It’s students like Lia Kirkpatrick that demonstrate the excellence of Catholic education. Share this story to congratulate Lia for her remarkable work at the Skill Canada National Competition in Edmonton.