Cade Wilson-Russ

Course Attended: Trades

With national titles under his belt and a coveted Nike sponsorship deal, you’d forgive Cade Wilson-Russ for focusing solely on his skateboarding career. But with the help of Tai Poutini Polytechnic, the 18-year-old has a back-up plan in place if his dream job doesn’t work out.

At high school, Cade studied though the West Coast Trades Academy for his National Certificate in Building and Construction L2. He graduates this year and says it’s a good feeling to have a fall-back if he doesn’t carry on skating.

“I really want to see where the skating takes me and it’s an exciting time, but I’m just going to take it as it comes. I wanted to have something else lined-up,” Cade says.

With study out of the way, Cade can start an apprenticeship with the paperwork ticked-off and focus on the trade.

“I always liked the idea of building but my skating has really taken off and I want to give it a chance as a career. But there are a lot of great skaters out there and everyone wants the same thing. So I’m giving it a shot and I’ll come home if it doesn’t work out.

It does feel good to know that I have done all the preparation for a building apprenticeship and that’s a bit of a safety net.”