St. Augustine’s senior cardboard boat team holds up their gold medals after winning Skills Canada’s cardboard boat race event at NAIT on Nov. 20. Pictured not in order are Isaac Froese, Anna Froese, Connor MacLeod and Avery Klimec. Photos submitted

St. Augustine Ponoka’s junior and senior teams earn gold at Skills Canada

Both teams won gold at the Skills Canada cardboard boat races recently


St. Augustine School took gold at Skills Canada’s recent cardboard boat races.

Held at NAIT Nov. 20, the junior and senior teams won gold.

Armed with cardboard, duct tape and a few other items, junior and senior high students from across the province used their skill and ingenuity to transform these materials into boats for the water.

Teams had to construct a boat in an hour and a half or less. Not only did their boat need to be quick, it had to be capable of carrying passengers as well.

Points were awarded for design and teamwork, speed across the pool, and for a float test. For the latter, three team members had to float in the boat for up to a maximum time of one minute while the other held the boat steady.

Our junior and senior teams represented St. Augustine School at Skills Canada Alberta very well – each team brought home the gold for their division.


St. Augustine’s junior team also won gold and proudly display their medals. Pictured not in order are Nathan Giles, Efren Geneblazo and Mathew and David Kawahara.

St. Augustine School’s junior team works on their cardboard boat among a large group of schools. Here Nathan Giles, Efren Geneblazo, Mathew and David Kawahara take a look at their handiwork.

St. Augustine School’s senior team floats in action during Skills Canada’s Nov. 20 cardboard boat races held at NAIT. Here Isaac Froese, Avery Klimec and Anna Froese keep still in the boat while Connor MacLeod keeps a steady hand on it.

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