Team Senni ja pojat was victorious in the Taitaja9 competition Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 18:54
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The first competition day at the Taitaja 2010 Championships gathered over 16 000 visitors. The stars of the day were the 9th grade competitors in the Taitaja9 competition. The members of the winning team were all awarded with a brand new scooter.

Taitaja9 is a craftsmanship competition for 9th graders of upper comprehensive schools. The victorious team was Team Senni ja pojat from Lieto comprehensive school. The team members were Senni Kurki, Joni Aaltola and Jesse Junnila. All three received a brand new scooter.

Team Lumijoki from Lumijoki comprehensive school placed second and Team Pohet from Tampere city’s Pohjois-Hervanta comprehensive school placed third in the competition. The games were hosted by NRJ radio’s Aamupojat.

To reach the day’s final competition teams had to qualify in local and regional competitions. Three teams spoke about their feelings before the games began.

“Well, we are a bit nervous,” admitted Team Muumit from Masku.

The teams said the competition hasn’t affected their own career paths. But the competition has developed their concentration and team working skills.

“During the competition you have to concentrate on what you’re doing and shut everything else outside. At the same time you have to pay attention to what your other two team members are doing,” described Jessica Nylund from Team Muumit.

Bettering one’s self isn’t the main motivator to participate in the games.

“The chance of winning a scooter is what got me involved,” laughed Marko Immonen of Kajaani’s Team Lyseotiimi A.

Practising for Lisbon EuroSkills

One of the themes at this year’s Taitaja games is internationality. Taking part in the competition are 19 foreign competitors.

Foreign competitors are participating in 13 different categories. They do the same tasks as the Finnish competitors, but their accomplishments are not noted in the medal placements.

Dutch caring students Sander Mantel and Renske Luntz are competing in Oulu. Their expert Kees Pols is accompanying them. Although the team won’t be receiving medals, they are enthusiastic about participating in the games.

“This is a great opportunity to make international friends and to prepare for the Lisbon EuroSkills competition,” said Mantel.

“Caring as an event is very different in Finland than in the Netherlands. Here the competition takes place in teams of two when in the Netherlands we compete individually. In Oulu we have a great opportunity to practice our team working skills,” adds Luntz.

Oulu becomes crowded

The Taitaja 2010 games have crowded the area around Ouluhalli as well as some of the streets of Oulu today. A total of 16 200 spectators visited the competition during the first competition day.

Taitaja 2010 Communication Manager Marsa Jurvakainen advises visitors to leave their cars home and arrive at the Ouluhalli arena by public transport or by walking. The distance from the centre of Oulu to the Ouluhalli arena is about one kilometer. The walking route is marked from the Oulu City Hall all the way to the arena.

There is no parking for visitors around the Ouluhalli. A car park has been arranged for visitors in the Kaukovainio area, address Kotkantie 1-2. There is a free bus transport traveling back and forth between the car park and Ouluhalli. Buses will leave visitors near the Raksila baseball stadium. There are also several local bus lines operate from the city centre to Ouluhalli.

Tehtaankatu, Ratakatu and Teuvo Pakkalan katu are constantly filled with hundreds of buses transporting students. Visitors are advised to avoid the area.

The results of the first competition day can be found at www.taitaja2010.fi/en/categories/collated-results.

Articles and photos from the Taitaja games are available for use at www.taitaja2010.fi/en/for-media.
 
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