Success for Coleraine YFC

Emma Wallace, Sarah Cunningham and Katie Ramage  who took first place 14-16 being congratulated by guest speaker Richard Halleron and Roberta Simmons YFCU president

Emma Wallace, Sarah Cunningham and Katie Ramage who took first place 14-16 being congratulated by guest speaker Richard Halleron and Roberta Simmons YFCU president

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Coleraine YFC members enjoyed great success in various competitions during the first part of the YFCU winter programme.

In floral art heats, competitors put together a display to depict the themes, past time and hobbies.They showed their creativity and flair as they delicately placed flowers and foliage to create stunning arrangements. The Coleraine members who won through to the Young Farmers’ Club of Ulster finals at the Balmoral Show in May 2016 were: 12 – 14 Cara Millar, 14 – 16 Sarah Cunningham, 18 – 21 Ruth Adams, 21 – 25 Joanne Smyth. Good luck girls.

In the finals of the public speaking competition a total of 102 speeches were delivered to the judges, who had a very difficult job deciding the winners in each class. Coleraine members had their speeches prepared with two members gaining places in the prepared classes: 12 – 14 3rd Chloe Millar and 14 – 16 1st Maxine Smyth. Well done girls - all your hard work paid off.

Group debating finals were held in November where teams of three argued either ‘for’ or ‘ against’ the motion in order to convince the judges to side with their argument.

They debated a wide variety of topics.

This turned out to be a tremendous evening of deliberation, argument and counter argument involving YFCU members between the ages of 12 – 30. Coleraine YFC members triumphed in 12 – 14 2nd Cara Millar, Sarah Smyth, Chloe Millar.

14 – 16 1st Emma Wallace, Sarah Cunningham, Katie Ramage.

21 – 25 2nd Joanne Smyth, Claire Adams, Rebecca Lamont.

Congratulations must go to all who took part in all these competitions, placed or not, and a big thank you once again to the coaches and parents for all their support and help giving up their free time.

Preparation and practice are well under way for the Art Festival on Monday and Wednesday nights at the RDA Centre, Coleraine at 7.30pm.

Save this date - 27th February 2016 - for Coleraine YFC’s 85th anniversary dinner.