Kids put their wits in public speaking competition


POLITICIANS of the future were most definitely among the area’s youngsters taking part in a public speaking competition.

Every year Whitby and District Rotary Club provides a platform for excellence in the event, called Speak Out organised by the Rotary Club of Whitby and District.

Last month, six teams of three youngsters under 12 years old from Airy Hill, Castleton, Lythe, Ruswarp, Stakesby and West Cliff pitted their wits against each other at the town’s Saxonville Hotel.

The competition was won by the team from Ruswarp School who called themselves Our Finest Hour who spoke on the subject, we should be guided by history.

Organiser Guy Hirst said: “The audience in the packed hall were tremendously impressed by the accomplishment of the children who were all under twelve years of age. They were ideal representatives of their schools.

“Our Finest Hour infused the serious topic with some appropriate and mature humour. The tone was set by Ben Braim, who was a very able chairman, paving the way for the excellent main speech by Emily Botham which was thoughtful, well researched, and delivered with a touch of impishness which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.

“William Shaw delivered a thoughtful and gracious vote of thanks.

“The teamwork was exemplary; all the members were familiar with the nature of the roles they had to play and played them with confidence and skill.”

The runners-up were The Terrific Trio from West Cliff who set out to persuade the audience that animal rights are as important as human rights.

Mr Hirst added: “Mackenzie Greenwood made a compelling main speech which had the passion which the subject demanded. The chairman, Corey Hart, got the team off to a very good start and Indiarna Golding proposed a most pleasing vote of thanks.

“They were a terrific supportive trio.”

The competition was adjudicated by Gwyneth Todd and Ian Dobson, and the prizes from the Oxford University Press were presented by the mayor Councillor Terry Jennison.