Contest Journey

Club Contest

On Thursday 21st March 2013, eight members of  Waverley Communicators (Kevin McKay, Pauline Dix, Stephen Dix, Moira Beaton, AJ Cullen, Eileen Scott, Aideen O’Malley, and Graeme Buck) stepped up to the mark and took part in the club’s International Speech and Evaluation Contests.

Participating in a contest can be a nerve tingling experience, but also a richly rewarding one.  It’s a great way to hone your speech delivery.

All the contestants did themselves proud in front of an appreciative audience.  There were astute evaluations and splendid speeches.

The proceedings were conducted in a warm and harmonious spirit with Kevin Miller at the helm as Contest Chair.

Pauline Dix - Winner of International Speech Contest and Brian Duffy, President Waverley Communicators
Pauline Dix – Winner of Waverley’s International Speech Contest

The Club Contest winners were Pauline Dix and Moira Beaton (seen below with Brian Duffy, Club President) who went forward to represent Waverley Communicators at the Area 30 Contest, hosted by our club on Saturday 13th April.

Moira Beaton - Winner of Waverley's Evaluation Contest
Moira Beaton – Winner of Waverley’s Evaluation Contest

Area 30 Contest

The event buzzed with excitement with over 45 attendees from the nine Toastmasters clubs across the central belt.

The contests were chaired by Waverley Communicator’s Eileen Scott (seen in the centre of  the picture below – no certificate but she did receive a nice box of chocolates later!), with the judging panel led by Jim Boyd from Linlithgow Speakers.

The organisation and leadership skills of Waverley Communicators members came to the fore, and the positive feedback received showed how much the contestants and the audience appreciated the hospitality shown.

It took a fantastic team effort to stage such a wonderful event – well done to all!

Area 30 Contest - International Speech Contestants
Area 30 Contest – International Speech Contestants

James Reeve (the man in the kilt) from Capital Communicators won the Area 30 International Speech Contest with a great speech called ‘Homogeneity’.

Our contestant Pauline Dix (to the right of Eileen and the banner) did the club proud.

Moira Beaton was a worthy winner of the Area 30 Evaluation Speech Contest, much to the delight of the Waverley Communicators members in the audience.

Moira was awarded a glistening glamorous glass trophy for an insightful and motivational evaluation.

Area 30 Contest - Moira Beaton, Winner Evaluation Contest and Kevin Lee, Area 30 Governor
Area 30 Contest – Moira Beaton, Winner Evaluation Contest and Kevin Lee, Area 30 Governor

And the journey continued….

Moira, James and a train load of well-wishing revellers from Waverley and other clubs in Area 30, travelled down to the Division E Contest in York on Sunday 28th April.

The Scots at the Division E Contest, York
The Scots at the Division E Contest, York
Division E Contest, York - Moira posing next to our club banner.
Division E Contest, York – Moira posing next to our club banner.

Moira and James are both accomplished speakers and delivered speeches to a very high standard.

There was much anticipation and encouragement for all the contestants from a 70 strong contingent of attendees.

On this occasion the winners were from Midlands/North of England clubs with Tina Swami and Gillian Caldicott progressing to the UK & Ireland District Conference, 10-12 May in Torquay.

The winner of the District International Speech Contest then goes all the way to Cincinnati, USA!!

What a journey!  It highlights the opportunities that Toastmasters provides, whether as a contestant, as an organiser, as a Contest Chair, as a role player, and as a member of the audience learning from and supporting others.

Toastmasters is a fantastic organisation to be part of, come along and see how our club can help you to develop, and give you the support to enable you to reach your full potential.

Post written by Brian Duffy, CC – President Waverley Communicators

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