YOUNG Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, in partnership with Platinum sponsor NFU Mut-
ual Charitable Trust, hosted the final of the Public Speaking Competition 2022 on Wed-nesday, November 2, at Loughry College.
This competition aids members to build confidence in speaking in a professional and public setting. It aims to further benefit members in many ways, including the development of self-esteem, research and preparation skills, as well as time management. It also encourages members to give their opinion on current topics from different perspectives.
The competition sets out to find both the best prepared and impromptu public speakers from YFCU clubs across Northern Ireland and judges had a difficult time discerning the winners in each of the classes.
In the prepared section, competitors delivered a pre-planned speech, chosen from a specified list of topics, while the impromptu section tasked members to speak on an unseen topic, delivering a speech lasting a minimum of one minute 30 seconds, with a set time to prepare based on their age category. Competitors were assessed by experienced judges according to platform manner, voice production, and the content and marshalling of facts.
The guest speaker on the finals evening was RUAS President Christine Adams.
Mrs Adams gave a witty and heartfelt speech highlighting the benefits of being part of the YFCU, touching on both the social benefits and development opportunities it offers to young people in rural areas.
Lauren Hamilton, NFU Mutual, commended all the finalists after hearing a selection of the speeches and said she had been very impressed with all the talent shown throughout the night.
YFCU President Peter Alexander announced the winners and Lauren Hamilton presented the prizes on stage.
The YFCU would like to thank Platinum sponsor NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, guest speaker Christine Adams, judges, stewards, and coaches who supported clubs to compete, as well as Loughry College for hosting the final, and finally, the YFCU members who participated.
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