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Automotive student wins silver in national competition

Picture of Centennial College Auto Service Technician student Seaton Crawford and Autobody Repair Technician student Colin Bailey at the Skills Canada National Competition.

From left: Centennial College Auto Service Technician student Seaton Crawford and Autobody Repair Technician student Colin Bailey on the Skills Canada podium in Saskatoon, May 30.

After winning first-place gold medals at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo recently, Centennial College Auto Service Technician student Seaton Crawford and Auto Body Repair Technician student Colin Bailey earned invitations to the Skills Canada National Competition, which took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, between May 27 and 30. The Ontario contest, which drew more than 2,000 student competitors in 67 skilled trades and technologies contests, saw a total of six Centennial College students win medals in skills tests ranging from collision repair to refrigeration and electronics. 

At the national level, Seaton and Colin had to compete with the very best skilled students from across the country who, like themselves, won gold in their provincial competitions. Seaton Crawford prevailed in his automotive technician skills demonstration, winning a second-place silver medal for his efforts - making him one of the most skilled young persons in his field! Colin Bailey unfortunately did not medal this time around, but did represent Centennial admirably in the autobody skills contest. 

The success of Centennial's student competitors, recruited from both the School of Transportation and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, hinge on the extraordinary effort by a number of Centennial faculty who assisted in their preparation, and who acted as judges or as National Technical Committee members. Our thanks to faculty members Angelo Spano, John Dixon, Roy King, Stephen Leroux, Daniel Chudy and Dave Weatherhead. These dedicated professors work tirelessly to ensure their students and apprentices taste success in their provincial and national contests.