YFCU Public Speaking Finals 2017

8 November 2017

 YFCU Public Speaking Finals 2017

YFCU members recently participated in the final of the Public Speaking Competition 2017 which was held on Tuesday 7th November at 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 the 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. Prepared topics on the night included; ‘The Future of the Family Farm’, ‘Social Media’s role in agriculture’, ‘My Hero’, ‘Members Success’, ‘Everyone has the right to Education’, ‘Hard Brexit or No Brexit for Britain’, ‘The YFCU 88 years on’, ‘If I was First Minister’, ‘The Importance of Public Transportation’ and ‘Inspired Renewables’.
In the impromptu competition, members were given an unseen topic and had a limited amount of time to structure their speeches and deliver them to the judges. Speeches were assessed according to platform manner, voice production and on the content and marshalling of facts.
Guest Speaker on the evening was Cyril Millar, President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society. Cyril 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.
YFCU President James Speers then announced the winners and Cyril and NFU Mutual’s David Cairns presented the prizes on stage. The YFCU would like to thank the sponsor NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited, David Cairns, guest speaker Cyril Millar, 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
1st Allister Crawford, Seskinore YFC
2nd Amy Gregg, Glarryford YFC
3rd Rachel McCollum, Coleraine YFC

14-16 Prepared
1st James Currie, Kilraughts YFC
2nd Helen Chapman, Hillhall YFC
3rd Zara Crawford, Seskinore YFC

16-18 Prepared
1st Kyle Sawyers, Seskinore YFC
2nd Carys Martin, Ballywalter YFC
3rd Alex Cleland, Spa YFC

16-18 Impromptu
1st Kyle Sawyers, Seskinore YFC
2nd Alex Cleland, Spa YFC
3rd Campbell Brown, Ballymiscaw YFC

18-21 Prepared
1st Thomas McNeill, Kilraughts YFC
2nd Alanna Buckley, Straid YFC
3rd Charlotte Linton, Kilrea YFC

18-21 Impromptu
1st Alana Buckley, Straid YFC
2nd George Hadnett, Mountnorris YFC
3rd Cameron Turner, Cappagh YFC

21-25 Prepared
1st Rebecca Lamont, Coleraine YFC
2nd James Purcell, Dungiven YFC
3rd Gemma Dickey, Randalstown YFC

21-25 Impromptu
1st Judith McKinley, Trillick &District YFC
2nd Adam McCormick, Kilrea YFC
3rd Gemma Dickey, Randalstown YFC

25-30 Prepared
1st Zita Blair, Moneymore YFC
2nd Jane Kilpatrick, Donaghadee YFC
3rd Peter Alexander, Glarryford YFC

25-30 Impromptu

1st Jane Kilpatrick, Donaghadee YFC
2nd Zita Blair, Moneymore YFC
3rd Joanne Bolton, Curragh YFC

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the 12-14 category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Rachel McCollum, Coleraine YFC; Allister Crawford, Seskinore YFC and Amy Gregg, Glarryford YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the 14-16 category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) James Currie, Kilraughts YFC; Zara Crawford, Seskinore YFC and Helen Chapman, Hillhall YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the Impromptu 16-18 age category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Kyle Sawyers, Seskinore YFC; Alex Cleland, Spa YFC and Campbell Brown, Ballymiscaw YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the Prepared 16-18 age category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Alex Cleland, Spa YFC; Kyle Sawyers, Seskinore YFC and Carys Martin, Ballywalter YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the Impromptu 18-21 age category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) George Hadnett, Mountnorris YFC; Cameron Turner, Cappagh YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar. Not pictured Alana Buckley, Straid YFC

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the Prepared 18-21 age category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Charlotte Linton, Kilrea YFC and Thomas McNeill, Kilraughts YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar. Not pictured Alana Buckley, Straid YFC.

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the Impromptu 21-25 age category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Gemma Dickey, Randalstown YFC; Adam McCormick, Kilrea YFC and Judith McKinley, Trillick & District YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the Prepared 21-25 age category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Gemma Dickey, Randalstown YFC; James Purcell, Dungiven YFC and Rebecca Lamont, Coleraine YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the Impromptu 25-30 age category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Joanne Bolton, Curragh YFC; Zita Blair, Moneymore YFC and Jane Kilpatrick, Donaghadee YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the Prepared 25-30 age category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Zita Blair, Moneymore YFC; Peter Alexander, Glarryford YFC and Jane Kilpatrick, Donaghadee YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.