5 Nova Scotians are headed to France to show off their skills at the Abilympics IG News

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Andrew Thorne will be showing his cooking skills to the world next week at the 2023 Abilympics.

She is one of five Nova Scotians who will compete in the quadrennial vocational skills competition for people with disabilities to be held in Metz, France, from March 23-25 ​​this year.

The 2023 competition will be the 10th International Abilympics. It was first held in Japan in 1981.

According to their website: “The Abilympics are to trading competitions what the Paralympic Games are to the Olympic Games.”

Thorne told CBC Radio information morning nova scotia He’s honing his competition skills. He said the kitchen at North End Baking Company and the cafe in Halifax has become his second home.

A man holds up a baked good for the camera
Andrew Thorne will compete in baking at the Abylympics. (Portia Clarke/CBC)

The café is run by the Prescott Group, which works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He said, “I’m learning how to do it without anyone’s help.” “I already know what I’m going to make. I’m making an éclair, chocolate cake, and scones.”

He said that his best result so far has been his chocolate cake.

moral support

Amanda Payne, a trainer with the Prescott Group, said she would be staying with Thorne in France to provide moral support.

Payne said that if Thorne gets discouraged during the competition, she will be there to remind him that he can do it all on his own.

“He makes beautiful things in the end,” Payne said. “He’s come a long way from start to finish and [it’s] Something he should be proud of because he did all the work.”

A woman in a hard hat is holding a camera.
Jennifer Richardson will be participating in the photography contest. (Matt Madden)

Jennifer Richardson will put her photography skills to the test in France.

She told Clark that she was first drawn to photography after seeing pictures on a computer.

Richardson said she is being mentored by Halifax photographer Matt Madden, who is helping her understand photographic composition.

He said that many people have helped him in his life and his confidence has increased.

Robin Larvey is a Disability Services Manager with Skills Canada Nova Scotia, who is supporting the delegation.

A collage showing members of the Canadian Abilympics team.
The Canadian team has left for France on Monday. (Submitted by Prescott Group)

Lorve said his role is to ensure that training in skilled trades and technologies is accessible to all.

“We try and put the disabilities on the shelf and showcase their abilities,” Lorve said.

“We want them to be involved and we want them to know that their skills matter, their passion matters, and we’re going to put that on the world stage.”

started a business

Liam Crane will compete in the Team Baking category. This year’s competition will be his second Abilympics.

The Nova Scotia Community College Culinary Arts graduate has her own sushi business in Elmsdale and also created a sushi-making video for Skills Canada.

Crane said that competing in the last Abilympics in Finland gave him the confidence to start the business.

“If I can do that, I can push myself to do better at work, and what’s the difference between doing my own thing and starting my own business?” They said.

Other members of the Nova Scotia team traveling to France are Hadiya Bedoui, competing in electrical installations, and Alicia McRae, competing in welding.

The delegation left for France on Monday