This week, the bi-yearly WorldSkills event took place in Kazan, Russia. Over 1,300 young professionals from 63 countries and regions gathered to compete in over 50 skills from hairdressing to mobile robotics.
What a closing ceremony in Kazan! As #TeamUK return to 'normality' all 37 members of the team should be incredibly proud.
In Nov, at WorldSkills UK LIVE (https://t.co/AIaihhlIhi) we'll welcome competitors at our National Finals and a new #TeamUK will be born, see you there! pic.twitter.com/wfwL8pOvLy
— WorldSkills UK (@worldskillsuk) August 29, 2019
The event received immense support as more than a quarter of a million people gathered to watch the WorldSkills Kazan closing ceremony. This year’s event was also the first WorldSkills event to be aired in the UK.
The 37 women and men in the UK Team won an impressive 19 medals, including: 2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze and 15 medallions of excellence.
The two gold medal receivers were Haydn Jakes, aged 23 from Cambridge, who won Gold in Aircraft Maintenance and Rebecca West, aged 22 from Lewes, won Gold in Beauty Therapy.
“This means the world to me – I can’t stop shaking. I have sacrificed such a lot, deferred my degree and it cost me the chance of being a Royal Airforce pilot – which was a lifelong dream.”
“I had no idea I was in the running to get gold – this will change my life. There are so many people that I want to thank from the bottom of my heart. My training manager Jenna Wrathall Bailey (MBE) everyone of my colleagues at Bespoke You – who were so understanding about me taking time to train in far flung places.”
You can find a list of all the indiviudal winners and their categories here.