The cream of the YFCU’s public speakers participated in the final of the public speaking competition to establish the association’s best orators in 2015.
A total of 102 speeches were delivered at the YFCU public speaking NI final which was held on Thursday 5th November in 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 in Northern Ireland and judges had a difficult time discerning the winners in each of the classes.
In the prepared section, competitors delivered a pre-prepared speech, chosen from a specified list of topics. Impromptu topics on the night included; ‘The benefits of playing a sport’, ‘My hero’, ‘My hidden talent’ and ‘Beyond the farm gate…what this means to me’.
After the speeches were delivered in the classrooms, YFCU president Roberta Simmons laid proceedings in the assembly hall, welcoming RUAS president Billy Robson and David Cairns, agency development manager with sponsor NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited, to the platform party.
David commended all the finalists after hearing a selection of the speeches during the evening and said he had been both educated and challenged by the members.
David was then followed by the guest speaker of the night RUAS president Billy Robson. Billy commented on all the finalists and spoke on his own experience of public speaking. In his address, to the audience of members and parents, he talked of how important it is for young farmers to be able to make their voice and opinions heard, especially in a time of potential crisis. Roberta then announced the winners and Billy presented the prizes on stage.
YFCU vice president Andrew Little finished the official proceedings by offering a vote of thanks, paying tribute to the sponsor NFU Mutual Insurance Limited, the chairs, judges and trainers who helped throughout the competition, Magherafelt High School for their assistance during the final, and lastly thanked the members throughout the association who had taken part.
The top three members in each class were placed as follows:
Results Class A: 12-14 Prepared
1st Zara Ginniff – Annaclone & Magherally YFC
2nd Zara Crawford - Seskinore YFC
3rd Chloe Millar - Coleraine YFC
Results Class B: 14-16 Prepared
1st Maxine Smyth – Coleraine YFC
2nd Lauren McNeill - Kilraughts YFC
3rd Carys Martin - Ballywalter YFC
Results Class C: 16-18 Prepared
1st Thomas McNeill – Kilraughts YFC
2nd Jessie Brown – Ballywalter YFC
3rd Abbie Hunter– Moneymore YFC
Results Class D: 16-18 Impromptu
1st Lizzie Blackwood – Newtownhamilton YFC
2nd Abbie Hunter – Moneymore YFC
3rd Anna Brown - Newtownards YFC
Results Class E: 18-21 Prepared
1st Charlotte Collins – Garvagh YFC
2nd James Robson – Holestone YFC
3rd Ruth McCloy – Glarryford YFC
Results Class F: 18-21 Impromptu
1st Lynsay Hawkes – Seskinore YFC
2nd Sarah Minford – Holestone YFC
3rd Hannah Kirkpatrick – KilraughtsYFC
Results Class G: 21-25 Prepared
1st Zita Blair – Moneymore YFC
2nd Charlotte Gibson – Seskinore YFC
3rd David Oliver – Dungiven YFC
Results Class H: 21-25 Impromptu
1st Zita Blair – Moneymore YFC
2nd Charlotte Taylor – Finvoy YFC
3rd Kim Paisley – Straid YFC
Results Class I: 25-30 Prepared
1st Jane Kilpatrick – Donaghadee YFC
2nd Robert Shannon – Kilraughts YFC
3rd Clare Buchanan – Dungiven YFC
Results Class J: 25-30 Impromptu
1st Lynsey McNeilly – Randalstown YFC
2nd Jane Kilpatrick – Donaghadee YFC
3rd Gillian Hunter, Straid YFC