Netherlands at WorldSkills London & Opening Ceremony

The international WorldSkills competition has officially kicked off on Wednesday with a grand opening ceremony held in London's O2, a state-of-the-art concert arena. WorldSkills is a prestigious biennial trade skills contest also dubbed as the 'Olympics of Skills'.

Addressing the audience at the opening ceremony, WorldSkills London's chairman Chris Humphries said that the four-day event is the largest edition of WorldSkills so far. The United Kingdom's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg also gave a speech to welcome competitors from all over the world.

The Dutch team took the stage during the presentation of all the participating countries fronted by the team mascot 'de Hollandse Leeuw'. The 27 members of 'Team NL' will compete in various categories such as gardening, robotics and masonry amongst many others. The medals for these different categories will be awarded on Sunday.

Click here to see pictures of the opening ceremony.
Follow how the Dutch team is doing their website (website is in Dutch).
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