Friday, July 18, 2014

WorldSkills Singapore 2014 – Looking Back with an Eye on the Future

After 3 full days of nerve-wrecking stress and pressure from competing in WorldSkills Singapore 2014, the results were released on 16th July, at the closing ceremony held at ITE College Central. NYP bagged a total of 22 medals - eight gold, eight silver and six bronze medals despite some tough competition from Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and ITE College.

Medal Table 

Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
NYP
8
8
6
22
ITE
5
5
2
12
TP
5
1
3
9
SP
2
0
0
2
RP
1
0
2
3
NP
0
1
1
2
Others
0
0
1
1


NYP competed in 13 of the 17 categories and walked away with a clean sweep in three of the skill areas, CNC Turning, IT Network Systems Administration for Business and Mechanical Engineering Design (CAD).

One of our NYP competitors, Muhammad Miqdad Bin Mazlan, Gold medalist for Mechanical Engineering Design (CAD), had a challenging time during the whole competition - the stress from the competition aggravated his eczema.
Miqdad receiving his medal and a plush mascot-toy from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, and Mr Bruce Poh, Chairman of the WorldSkills Singapore 2014 Organising Committee.
He said, “My primary concern was to bring down my stress level and keep myself calm. That was how I tried to maintain my composure. I managed to do that, and with mental strength, I managed to bring myself back into the competition and focus on the challenge.”
Rong Kang looking to the crowd after he receiving his gold medal
Chew Rong Kang, who attainted the gold medal in IT Software Solutions for Business, found it difficult to gauge his performance during the competition. Before he heads to Brazil for the finals, he plans to increase his training time and reading more to empower himself with more ways to make his final product better.
Ivan and Yong Han waiting on the podium to receive their medals
For the Mechatronics skill area, the team of Ivan Sim Wan Leong and Poh Yong Han emerged champions. Their takeaway from this round of WorldSkills Singapore was that they still have to improve their skills as they feel that their performance could be even better. To them, competing against students from other countries will be a totally different ball game as the standards there are much higher. They also feel  that their final task at this year’s competition was vastly different when compared with  previous competitions.

Ten of our gold medalists stand a chance to go to São Paulo, Brazil, in August 2015 to compete in the international WorldSkills Competition. To all of our competitors, their lecturers, mentors and coaches,  who took part in the competition, thank you for your hard work and dedication! Well Done and NYP is truly proud of you.

WorldSkills Singapore 2014 Results
CNC Turning
Ng Ming Yang (Gold)
Goh Keng Hong (Gold)
Jonathan Ng Kai Chong (Bronze)

CNC Milling
Terence Teo Yi Teng (Silver)
Leong Wei Jie, Andy (Silver)

Electronics
Ng Wei Xin (Gold)

Mechatronics
Ivan Sim Wan Leong and Poh Yong Han (Gold)
Peh Xian Bin Eugene and Lee Junyang, Lemond (Silver)

Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD
Muhd Miqdad Bin Mazlan (Gold)
Mustafa Ali Bin Mohd Basir (Silver)
Eyrica Lee Min Wei (Bronze)

Mobile Robotics
Dinesh Mangalanathadurai and Lin Yong Qiang (Gold)

Web Design
Shafiqah Binte Rostam (Silver)
Tien Yoke Qing (Bronze)

IT Network Systems Administration
Lee Wei Meng, Daniel (Gold)
Sim Cher Boon (Silver)
Lee Zhen Hao (Silver)

IT Software Solutions for Business
Chew Rong Kang (Gold)
Lee Yu Choy (Bronze)

Health and Social Care
Loh Zaryl (Bronze)

Visual Merchandising
Ng Li Ren, Andrew (Silver)

Graphic Design Technology
Andrew Chen Zhiquan (Bronze)

By Theophilus Kee Ern, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

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