It's nationals for student tradespeople

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The second time will hopefully be the charm for three Peacock students.

Ryan Beattie, Cody Campbell and Heather Fuller will be competing in the National Skills Competition from June 4-7 in Toronto.

High school school students Cody Campbell, Heather Fuller and Ryan Beattie will be heading to the Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto after winning provincial titles in Skills Canada Saskatchewan back in April.

Skills Canada is an Olympic-style multi-trade and technology competition where around 500 young people from each province and territory compete for national supremacy in 40 different trades.

The trio competed last year but failed to medal, but this year all three said they hope to get on the podium.

"Im excited to actually know what I'm doing this year," said Fuller, who finished fifth out of six competitors last year in Fashion technology (sewing) "Last year I was like, 'Oh my goodness!'"

Fuller told the Times-Herald that in the national competition she will have to design and draft her own pattern then make a jacket 

"It has to be fully lined and it has a list of requirements. I have one challenge and have like 12 hours to complete it," said Fuller, before adding that it will be a challenge to finish in the time alloted.  

For Beattie and Campbell, however it won't be a time crunch, but will be about precision and craftsmanship in a variety of different areas.

"We have to be able to prepare from a factory primer, we have to be able to prepare a raw plastic bumper, we have to mask off a door 36 inches so you can still open and close it without getting overspray inside of the car," explained Beattie, who will be competing in car painting.

Campbell, who will be competing in auto-body repair will be judged on fixing a panel and repairing a plastic bumper. Along with other skills he will be tested on his ability to search an online database for parts. Last year he finished sixth out of 12 competitors. This year he hopes to medal.

All three of the Peacock students enjoy their trades but only Beattie told the Times-Herald that he expects to make a career of it. 

"Going into fashion is kind of scetchy and I'm not quite sure I want to do that the rest of my life," explained Fuller. "You are either working on minimum wage for the rest of your life or you get rich and  famous and I'm not willing to work minnimum wage the rest of my life."

Campbell on the other hand, sees auto-body repair as a side project.

"It could be but I don't think it will," responded Campbell, when asked if he sees auto-body as a career. "You have to have a private shop and have a job besides."

The national competition takes place from June 4-7 in Toronto.

Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.

Organizations: Times-Herald, Skills Canada Saskatchewan

Geographic location: Toronto, Canada

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