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WorldSkills 2017 – 1,001 fans welcome the SwissSkills team

Debrunner Acifer WorldSkills Competitions 2017 SwissSkills Team

Almost like a fairy tale from The Thousand and One Nights, the first occupational championships to be held on the Arabian Peninsula draw to a close – for Switzerland the most successful WorldSkills competition of all the time. Around 1,000 fans and one Federal Council member receive the SwissSkills team at the Messe Zürich exhibition centre for a rousing welcome event. With appreciative congratulations, ringing bells and frenetic applause, the brilliant success of the Swiss Delegation is celebrated once more with gusto.

Despite VIP service at the airport, the Swiss delegation almost arrives late to its own grand reception in Hall 7 of Messe Zürich. And the reception is truly overwhelming. Around 1,000 relatives, friends, colleagues and fans have turned out to welcome the SwissSkills team along with the experts and delegation management. An imposing backdrop for eye and ear, with banners, a sea of red-and-white flags and pennants, and the deafening tolling of cowbells.

Debrunner Acifer WorldSkills Competitions 2017 SwissSkills Team

Reto Wyss, president of the SwissSkills Foundation, greets the fans and expresses his great pride and admiration for the outstanding performance of the SwissSkills team. He stresses again the vital contribution made to this success by the support provided by the experts. Just like the competitors, the experts demonstrated incredible commitment and made the high scores possible – for which they deserve special thanks.

National Council member Gerhard Pfister is on hand to convey to the young professionals «Switzerland’s recognition for what you have achieved», because they have certainly earned the respect of the political sphere. The SwissSkills team even receives congratulations from the Federal Council.

Debrunner Acifer WorldSkills Competitions 2017 SwissSkills Team

Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, insists on personally congratulating the young people on their smashing success. He is tremendously proud of the team, he says: «This triumph is the reward for a great deal of effort – the ideal shot of motivation for the future.»

The presentation of all the members of the SwissSkills team that follows soon turns into a marathon of cheers and applause from the around 1,000 fans.