YOUNG Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) members recently participated in the Public Speaking Competition Finals 2018 held on Tuesday, November 6 at Magherafelt High School.
The popular competition has been kindly sponsored for a number of years by NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited.
The competition sought to find the best prepared and impromptu public speakers among the YFCU members in Northern Ireland.
In the prepared section, competitors delivered a pre-prepared speech chosen from a specified list of topics.
n “Brexit – No deal is better than a bad deal”
n “Immigration encourages diversity”
n “Cyclists should pay to use the roads”
n “Education and farming are interlinked”
n “Online gaming leads to offline issues”
n “Education vs experience”
n “Succession planning in agriculture”
n “The visual effects of climate chance”
n “Should NI Assembly Members salary be suspended?”
n “Evolving agriculture”
n “Everybody should learn to play a team sport”
n “What happiness means to me”
In the impromptu competition, members were given an unseen topic and a limited amount of time to structure their speeches and deliver them to the judges.
The judges listened intently to 101 speeches, and these were assessed according to platform manner, voice production and on the content and marshalling of facts.
The judges were thoroughly impressed by a range of varied and entertaining speeches, thus had a difficult task due to the high standard presented.
Guest speaker on the evening was Hannah Spratt, broadcast journalist at Q Radio and Donaghadee YFC member.
Hannah commended all the finalists on their public speaking skills, as she recalled her own experience of being in that position having competed previously. She went on to advise members how being part of YFCU has benefited her career greatly in terms of her communication and teamwork skills.
YFCU President James Speers announced the winners, with NFU Mutual’s Robert Caldwell on hand to present the prizes.
The YFCU would like to thank the sponsor NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited, Robert Caldwell, guest speaker Hannah Spratt, the chairs, judges and trainers who helped throughout the competition, Magherafelt High School for its assistance during the final and finally the YFCU members who took part.
The top three members in each class were placed as follows:
12-14 Prepared – 1st James Gregg, Glarryford YFC, 2nd Philip Crawford, Seskinore YFC, 3rd Amy Gregg, Glarryford YFC
14-16 Prepared – 1st Ivanna Strawbridge, Coleraine YFC, 2nd Adam Gaston, Glarryford YFC, 3rd Zara Ginniff, Annaclone & Magherally YFC
16-18 Prepared – 1st Helen Chapman, Hillhall YFC, 2nd Ellen Crawford, Seskinore YFC, 3rd Eva McClurg, Glarryford YFC
16-18 Impromptu – 1st James Currie, Kilraughts YFC, 2nd Carys Martin, Ballywalter YFC, 3rd Alex Cleland, Spa YFC
18-21 Prepared – 1st Thomas McNeil, Kilraughts YFC, 2nd Maxine Smyth, Coleraine YFC, 3rd Adam Alexander, Kilrea YFC
18-21 Impromptu – 1st Ellen King, Glarryford YFC, 2nd Adam Alexander, Kilrea YFC, 3rd George Hadnett, Mountnorris
21-25 Prepared – 1st Hannah Kirkpatrick, Kilraughts YFC, 2nd Cathy Reid, Glarryford YFC, 3rd Alana Buckley, Straid YFC
21-25 Impromptu – 1st Alana Buckley, Straid YFC, 2nd Shannen Vance, Trillick YFC, 3rd Rebecca Lamont, Coleraine YFC
25-30 Prepared – 1st Zita McNaugher, Moneymore YFC, 2nd Andrew Patton, Newtownards YFC, 3rd Judith McKinley, Trillick YFC
25-30 Impromptu – 1st Gemma Dickey, Randalstown YFC, 2nd Jane Kilpatrick, Donaghadee YFC, 3rd Victoria Ross, Newtownstewart YFC