Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year, thousands of Toastmasters around the globe get competitive, demonstrating their skills in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics and International speech contests.
On Tuesday, April 25, three of the Sunshine Coast area Toastmasters clubs came together for the Area 73 International Speech and Evaluation contests at the beautiful Sechelt Arts Centre.
Surrounded by art from the local high school, four competitors for the International Speech Contest and two participants for the Evaluation contest took center stage.
William B. (for Beachcombers) talked about a lesson he learned after an unfortunate incident with a horse. MorningSTAR Ben R. shared his journey as a presenter and how Toastmasters helped take his skills to the next level. Weegee S. talked about the day she shattered her basic existence in aisle 6. Maureen M. (Sunshine Coast) encouraged us to be the change by talking about one of the reasons she joined Toastmasters.
For the Evaluation Contest, PJ R. delivered a powerful speech about an “out-of-body experience” that reveals how we change, grow and shift courses in life. Baili C. (Sunshine) and Kylie H. (MorningSTAR) shared their unique perspectives on the speech and offered well-rounded suggestions.
Behind every great contest is the real winner of the competition: the volunteers who helped make it a success. Without them, the contest would not occur. A special thank you to the Chair (Neil B.), Chief Judge (Sheila C.), judges, timers and ballot counters. Without their manpower, 30,000 contestants a year wouldn’t be able to test their public speaking skills.
A special thank you to the volunteers and the audience members. A huge shout out to the contenders!
Another fantastic contest in the books!
International Speech Placement:
1st: Weegee S.
2nd: William B.
1st: Kylie H.
2nd: Baili C.
The top two winners in each contest will continue to the Division round, which will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 1pm at Arc’teryx HQ (2220 Dollarton Highway) in Deep Cove.
Wish them luck!