Day 7 - Closing Ceremony

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
Trip End Aug 24, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Saxony,
Sunday, July 7, 2013

Today started slow as it was a very late night (or should I say morning). Very hard getting used to it still being daylight at 10pm at night.

We went into town and had brunch and then went and sat in the market place where the team were supposed to be going. We waited, enjoying the atmosphere of all the other teams coming in, but our guys were not there. They had arrived, but had gone off exporing the city on their own. Was hoping to catch up with Jay, but unfortunately did not.

Closing ceremony was to start at 7.30pm so we decided to go back to our hotel and have a rest before heading out.

We arrived at the venue for the closing ceremony at about 6.30pm to see a sea of green and gold of supporters. They were handing out flags, blow up hands and clackers to make as much noise as we could.

The ceremony format was that they would announce who were the medalists for each group, all 46 skills were placed into about 6 groups depending on the skill.  Sheetmetal was in the first group to be announced.

It was very exciting, waiting to see whose name was on the big screen. Unfortunately Jay did not get a medal, but medals went to Brazil, Japan and Chinese Taipai (I think).

I was a little disappointed, as every mother would have been, but felt so proud of Jay for being there, the disappointment quickly disappeared.

China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipai dominated in nearly every category. The Skilaroos picked up medals in 4 categories, Gold – Automobile Technology, Silver – Restaurant Service and Jewellery and Bronze – Welding.

When the ceremony had finished, we waited to see Jay and he came out and gave us both big hugs. He had just come from an interview with Sunrise, they interviewed the team live.

Jay was a little disappointed with the outcome, as he said that the ones who got the medals, their finishing work was not very good. His expert had spoken to him after the ceremony and said that the judging was very political, but that Jay should be very proud of himself, he did a great job.

We spoke with Jay for a little while before he went off to the after party with all the other competitors.

Only one photo tonight, as we were too far away to get any good shots of the stage (this is where I need a big lense). Worldskills website will have all the photos on their Flickr account.
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Anne & Ian on

Hi Guys, what a great time you are having! Congrats to Jay. He should be very proud of himself. There is always politics in everything, so he should hold his head high to have achieved what he has. Hope you were able to catch up on some sleep after the ceremony. We're enjoying the news every day. Enjoy !!! xx

Mum and Dad on

See comment on Day 3.
Got a bit confused.

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