Two local students medalists at the Canadian Skills Olympics

Two students from the region medalists at the Canadian Skills Olympics

Cédric Lantagne, in the front, with his gold medal around his neck as national champion in machining techniques.

Two students from Abitibi-Témiscamingue won medals at the Canadian Olympiad of Trades and Technologies.

The national competition organized by Skills/Compétences Canada brought together over 500 students and apprentices from across the country, May 24-27, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two weeks earlier, the best in Quebec had faced off in the Olympiades québécoises in Quebec City.

Cédric Lantagne, who studies at the Harricana Training Center, was crowned Canadian champion in machining techniques. The 21-year-old young man from Saint-Marc-de-Figuery had to make two parts, one with a milling machine and the other with a lathe.

“It was pretty good that I was confident for a podium. I would not have said a gold medal, but I was confident to be on the podium. In order not to be on the podium, the other students would have had to make really beautiful pieces. »

— Cédric Lantagne, gold medalist

Still studying to obtain his diploma of professional studies in machining, Cédric Lantagne is very happy to have been able to compete with the best in the country, and come out on top.

It's crazy steep. For real. It's a hell of a feeling. You tell yourself all the time: I think I'm good. You don't want to look pretentious. You come here and you are Canadian champion. You always think it just happens to other people. And finally, I'm here this morning, and I'm the Canadian champion, he said Sunday morning, before taking the plane back.

Cédric Lantagne had won the silver medal at the Olympiades québécoises.

Silver, despite the language

Anabelle Rémillard, a secretarial student at the Center Frère-Moffet in Ville-Marie, won the silver medal in IT – office software application. Competitors had to prepare documents using Word, Excel and PowerPoint software.

Anabelle Rémillard, on the left in the photo, won the in IT – Office Software Application.

The 19-year-old from Lorrainville is very happy with her result, especially since she had to deal with an additional obstacle, that of language.

All that was done in English. We had a language barrier because we spoke French. It's destabilizing. When people speak too quickly in English, I have difficulty understanding and understanding, especially there, in a competitive context, she says.

She admits being surprised to get on the podium.

At first, I was skeptical, because my Excel didn't go so well. I knew my Word and Powerpoint had gone pretty well. I didn't expect to get the silver medal, but it still went well. I was a little surprised, she admits.

Anabelle Rémillard had also won the silver medal at the Provincial Olympics.

The next Canadian Trades and Technology Olympiad will take place in Quebec City in May 2024.