Barbados will be sending a six-member team of some of its finest, young, and skilled professionals to compete at the 45th biennial WorldSkills Competition, which will be held in Kazan, Russia, from August 22 to 27.
The unique, live, technical and vocational skills competition is hosted by WorldSkills International, which is the global hub for skills excellence and development.
This is the second time that Barbados will be competing at the WorldSkills Competition. In 2017, Barbados sent a four-member team to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi.
The team to WorldSkills Kazan 2019 includes Terrique Ward (Car Painting), Shae White (Cooking), Peabo Sampson (Fashion Technology), Kristina Patrick (Graphic Design Technology), Zaria Archer (Hairdressing) and Danny Mayers (Restaurant Service).
These six competitors were the gold medal winners in their respective skill areas at the fourth biennial WorldSkills Barbados 2018 competition. They earned the opportunity to represent their country at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 by achieving 75 per cent or more in the finals of the WorldSkills Barbados competition, and 80 per cent or more in the Competitors Developmental Programme, which focuses on soft skills development.
The competitors will be accompanied by skill experts, who will serve as coaches, as well as judges at WorldSkills Kazan. The experts are: Negas Alleyne-Browne (Car Painting), Peter Edey (Cooking), Joy Prime (Fashion Technology), Shelly Mayers (Graphic Design Technology), Arlette Knight-Olton (Hairdressing) and Roderick Prescod (Restaurant Service).
The team officials are Technical Delegate Dario Walcott, Official Delegate Henderson Eastmond, Technical Delegate Assistant Rosline Cumberbatch and Team Leader Sarah Gilkes-Daniel.
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