Over 100 Young Farmers’ speak up at 2019 public speaking final

Left to right, 12-14 category, Paula McIntyre, Philip Crawford, Seskinore YFC, Zita McNaugher YFCU president, James Greg Glarryford YFC, James Patton Ballywalter YFC, and David Cairns, NFU Mutual
Left to right, 12-14 category, Paula McIntyre, Philip Crawford, Seskinore YFC, Zita McNaugher YFCU president, James Greg Glarryford YFC, James Patton Ballywalter YFC, and David Cairns, NFU Mutual

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) members recently took part in the public speaking competition final 2019 which was held on Tuesday, November 5 at Magherafelt High School.

The popular competition has been kindly sponsored for a number of years by NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.

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.

These included: Where will I be in 10 years’ time? My favourite place to go. The environment and what it means to me. When my mum/dad/grandparents were in Young Farmers. My favourite hobby. I spy with my little eye… When I was in trouble what did I do? Why farmers are price takers not price makers. Why Young Farmers is not just for Young Farmers. Life after Brexit.

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 over 100 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 and had a difficult task due to the high standard presented.

Guest speaker on the evening was chef and broadcaster, Paula McIntyre.

Paula has been a long-standing judge for the YFCU home management competition and was able to impart her public speaking wisdom and the importance of strong communication with YFCU members

YFCU president Zita McNaugher announced the winners, with NFU Mutual’s David Cairns on hand to present the prizes.

Zita commented: “The public speaking competition is a core competition for members. It’s a building block for a lot of our competitions such as group debating and stock judging. It’s amazing to see how confidently members can deliver a message concisely and in an interesting manner.

“Some of the topic interpretations have been very original. The standard on display tonight has been extremely high and everyone who has earned a place in the final should be very proud.”

Commenting on the competition, David Cairns, NFU Mutual sales manager representing NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, said: “The YFCU public speaking competition is just one of the many ways that the Trust support Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster.

“Participating in the competition is a fantastic way of building confidence amongst young people and allows us as a trust to help support the personal development of young people across Northern Ireland.”

The YFCU would like to thank the sponsor NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, David Cairns, guest speaker Paula McIntyre, the chairs, judges and trainers who helped throughout the competition, Magherafelt High School for their 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

3rd – James Patton, Ballywalter YFC

2nd- Philip Crawford, Seskinore YFC

1st – James Gregg, Glarryford YFC

14-16 prepared

3rd – Allister Crawford, Seskinore YFC

2nd – Victoria Currie, Kilraughts YFC

1st – Samara Radcliff, Annaclone and Magherally YFC

16-18 prepared

3rd – Helen Chapman, Hillhall YFC

2nd – James Currie, Kilraughts YFC

1st – Eva Lowry, Glarryford YFC

16-18 impromptu

3rd – Zoe Weir, Annaclone and Magherally YFC

2nd – Kirsty Turner, Cappagh YFC

1st – Marianna Neill, Bleary YFC

18-21 prepared

3rd – Thomas McNeill, Kilraughts YFC

2nd – Alex Cleland, Spa YFC

1st – Jayne Calvin, Dungiven YFC

18-21 impromptu

3rd - Abbi Grills, Collone YFC

2nd – Ellen King, Glarryford YFC

1st – Alex Cleland, Spa YFC

21-25 prepared

3rd – Lynsay Hawkes, Seskinore YFC

2nd – Stephanoe McIlroy, Gleno Valley YFC

1st – Hannah Kilpatrick, Kilraughts YFC

21-25 impromptu

3rd – Shannon Vance, Trillick YFC

2nd – Ellen Woods, Annaclone and Magherally YFC

1st – Lynsay Hawkes, Seskinore YFC

25-30 prepared

3rd – Robert Sloan, Kilrea YFC

2nd – Judith McKinley, Trillick YFC

1st – Andrew Patton, Newtownards YFC

25-30 impromptu

3rd – Robert Sloan, Kilrea YFC

2nd – Judith McKinley, Trillick YFC

1st – Andrew Patton, Newtownards YFC

See Wednesday’s Farming Life for more photographs from the public speaking final