From Australia to Canada!
The WorldSkills flag was welcomed in Canada on 6 June during the 24th Skills Canada National Competition 2018 Closing Ceremony that took place in the Edmonton EXPO Centre. During the ceremony the WorldSkills Competitions in Montreal (1999) and Calgary (2009) were remembered, and logo patches from these Competitions were added to the WorldSkills flag.
Skills Canada National Competition 2018 brought together more than 500 young professionals under 25 years old from all regions of the country who competed in over 40 Skills. There was also a presentation of the next global skills competition, WorldSkills Kazan 2019, which will be held in Russia in August next year. The WorldSkills Competition brings together the very best young talent in vocational skills and trades, to compete to be world champions in more than 50 different skills.
The Flag Relay started last year when the WorldSkills Flag was handed to Kazan, the next WorldSkills host city, on 20 October during the Closing Ceremony of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. The flag arrived in Sochi, Russia the next day. It was then launched into space and kept on board the International Space Station for more than two months, before returning at the end of February. Since March 12 the WorldSkills flag has been travelling around the world, as it continues its journey across the 20 countries that have hosted the WorldSkills Competition previously.
After the international phase of the relay is complete the flag will travel across Russia, and the Republic of Tatarstan before being delivered to Kazan during the Opening Ceremony of WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Press Office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Competition Organizer