Skillsi by Maksim Ovchinnikov of Samara became winner at the 45th WorldSkills Competition Mascot Contest. The winning entrant will be awarded 100,000 rubles*.
As was reported earlier, the contest kicked off on November 16. Requirements for creating a mascot are simple: it must promote vocational education and training reflecting cultural and national peculiarities of Russia and the Republic of Tatarstan. The acceptance of entries ran until December 2. After that the contest organisers launched online voting on the official website of the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects. In all, the judges had to pick the very best out of 10 potential mascots: Vovka of All Trades by E. Bakhareva from Donskoy, Osta and Batyr by I. Fazliakhmedov from Kazan, Zilant (Zil) by A. Samoylenko from Smolensk, Skillsi by M. Ovchinnikov from Samara, ANToshka the Ant by M. Shakirov from Kazan, Danila the Craftsman by A. Savchenko from St. Petersburg, Sava by S. Sharov from Togliatti, Kazan Cat by G. Gilmetdinova from Nizhnekamsk, Enzo the Snow Leopard by M. Kucherova from Moscow, Sagit the Ant by K. Chugalaeva from Perm.
On December 22, an expert judging panel started the selection process. The name of the winning entry was revealed today. The fate of the mascot was decided by Tatyana Vinogradova, reporter from the TASS news agency; Emil Gubaydullin, Head of the Administration for the WorldSkills Competition 2019 Preparation; Alina Doskanova, International Relations Manager and Deputy General Director of the Agency for the Development of Professional Communities and Skilled Workers (WorldSkills Russia); Aleksey Dyachkovsky, Deputy Chairman of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Government; Olga Minaeva, World Skills Russia's head graphic design expert and national graphic design expert at EuroSkills 2016 and WorldSkills International 2017; Andrey Pominov, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan; Elena Tikhonova, KidSpace skill city manager; Leyla Fazleeva, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan; Damir Fattakhov, First Deputy Director of the Kazan Executive Committee; and Irina Khvorostyanaya, Chief Communications Officer and Deputy Director General of the Agency for the Development of Professional Communities and Skilled Workers (WorldSkills Russia).
In the nearest time, the visual representation of the mascot will be finalised and its name might be changed.
Press Office of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects