Skilful quartet return home with medals

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 September, 2009, 12:00am

Four young people from the city won awards at an international skills competition that pitted them against 50 countries and territories and more than 800 competitors.

They each won a medallion of excellence at WorldSkills 2009 in Calgary, Canada, last week.

The biennial competition featured 45 events to test craft skills in industrial trades and service sectors. The events ranged from gardening, graphic design and software applications to cooking, car maintenance, construction and nursing.

In the four-day contest, which ended last Sunday, participants were required to finish a number of tasks in their trade. Scores were given on their manufacturing skills, designs, communication and marketing skills.

The Hong Kong team found the international contest a chance to exchange experience with talented young people from overseas.

Au Yeung Siu-hang, a Year Two business student from the University of Hong Kong who won a medal in the webpage design event, said the contest allowed him to learn from designers from around the world.

'The designs of many overseas websites are strong in both aesthetics and functional value. More exchange with international designers is good for me because the website designs I see in Hong Kong usually emphasise function only,' he said.

Another medal winner was Wilson Luk Wai-shing, who is now working as a chef after graduating from a Western cuisine certificate course at the Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre in 2006. He competed in the cooking category.

The other medallists were Liu Tsz-kin, a technician at a printing company, and Chan Siu-ting, a beauty therapist. Liu won a medal in offset printing and Chan won in beauty therapy. The next WorldSkills competition will be held in London in 2011.