TRU trades students off to nationals

A quartet of Thompson Rivers University trades students are off to a national competition in Nova Scotia next week after winning provincial gold in April.

Six students from TRU took home gold or silver medals at this year’s Skills Canada Provincial Competition in Abbotsford, where more than 600 students from Grade 6 through post-secondary competed in 59 categories ranging from aerospace and automotive to robotics and welding.

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The four first-place finishers — Maik Stuermer in carpentry, Calvin Skjeie in heavy equipment service, Jordan Brown in plumbing and Aidan Gow in welding — will showcase their talents and be tested against their peers from across the country as they vie for the honour of becoming the best in their chosen discipline.

Eligible winners from the Skills Canada BC competitions will compete as Team BC in the 2019 national competition, which will be held from May 27 to May 30 in Halifax.

With the next World Skills competition being held this fall in Kazan, Russia, the national contest could be a stepping stone to the international stage for any of TRU’s contenders.

2019 TRU Skills Canada Provincial Competition medal winners:


Maik Stuermer, gold

Electrical Wiring

Matthew Chwaklinski, silver

Heavy Equipment Service

Calvin Skjeie, gold


Jordan Brown, gold

Gavin Coxon, silver


Aidan Gow, gold

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