New awards at competitions day
THREE new awards were launched at the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) annual competitions Day this weekend at Stafford County Showground thanks to new trophies donated by two young farmers’ supporters.
Dairy farmer and former president of Cumbria and the northern area of YFCs Frank Chester and NFYFC life vice president Chris Lloyd have both previously judged the public speaking 16 and under competition and felt individuals deserved to be recognised as well as the overall team.
The three new trophies were presented, for the first time in the federation’s 80 years, to Hattie Noble from Yorkshire YFC for best speaker, Elin Harvard from Brecknock YFC for best chairman and Will Long from Devon for best vote of thanks in the junior public speaking competition.
Chris Lloyd, NFYFC life vice President, said: “I was very pleased to be able to join Frank Chester to present these new awards. To be a part of a winning team at the NFYFC final is very special; for me, the awards that I have for public speaking are amongst my most treasured possessions. We hope that these awards will be just as treasured as they recognise the competitors that are the best in England and Wales at what they do.”
More than 300 young farmers, aged between 10 and 26, from across England and Wales battled it out to be crowned the best in the country in 10 competitions ranging from Fence Erecting to Debating on Saturday 13 October. More than 20,000 members have taken part in the NFYFC competitions programme this year and 304 won a place to compete at the national finals.
The longest fought competition was senior debating, with heated discussions not finishing until after 6pm. It was victory for Shropshire YFC though who scored the highest marks and one of their team Charles Bourne also won the individual prize of best speaker.
James Williams, chairman of NFYFC, said: “Competitions day is the highlight of the young farmers’ calendar. It was great that more than 300 members came to Stafford with their friends and families to compete in our traditional events. Members work so hard to compete at a national level and everyone who made it to the final should be applauded.
“We couldn’t host competitions day without the support of volunteers, parents and staff who give up their time for these events though so a big cheer to them as well as all of our winners.”
NFYFC president elect Poul Christensen presented the trophies to the winners and said: “It was a fantastic day and I am so impressed with the amount of talent we have in our young farmers. Members compete at a club and county level to reach the national finals and they have all shown such enthusiasm and dedication. These young people are having so much fun but yet they are also learning skills for life.”
The full list of competitions and winners are:
Graffiti finals - Elisa Narbett, Pembrokeshire YFC
A2 fashion board final - Jamie Awdry for Wiltshire YFC
Young Minds poster competition final - Brecknock YFC
Cube exhibit final - Cumbria A
Fence erecting final - Ceredigion YFC
Junior reading final - Carmathenshire YFC
Junior member of the year - Evie Hoggard, Nottinghamshire YFC
Junior public speaking final - Devon YFC
Best speaker - Hattie Noble, Yorkshire YFC
Best chairman - Elin Harvard, Brecknock YFC
Best vote of thanks - Will Long, Devon YFC
Brainstrust final - Pembrokeshire YFC
Senior debating final - Shropshire YFC
Best speaker - Charles Bourne, Shropshire YFC
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