Toastmasters clubs from around the region travelled to Tumut on Saturday for the Area Contest, that saw contestants from Tumut take out first prize in both sections.
Ilja Noordermeer was judged to have the best Table Topics response, which involves the participants speaking unprepared for two minutes on a topic. The winner of the Humorous Speech was passionate Toastmaster Trish Matthews.
Both Ilja and Trish will go on to compete at the district contest in Canberra in October.
The Tumut contest included clubs from Thurgoona, Wagga Wagga, Tumut, and Albury Wodonga.
Tumut Toastmasters Public Relations Officer Leonie Flint said that as well as the competition element, it was interesting to hear about all the different subjects covered in the participants’ speeches.
“There was a buzz in the room after lunch as 42 attendees reconvened in anticipation of the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest,” she said.
“Contestants, out of town Toastmasters club members, local club members and supporters gathered. The first contest of the day was table topics, and the question was: “I leave tomorrow to go on holiday to….” The objective is to deliver a well-structured and interesting response.
“It is an opportunity for others to learn by observing more proficient speakers who have benefitted from Toastmasters training.
“Diverse destinations were described in the responses, including a river cruise through Amsterdam, a Tasmanian adventure, an exotic UAE destination and Tumut Toastmasters Ilja Noordermeer spoke of her desire to visit her homeland, Holland.
“Next on the agenda and the highlight of the event, the Humorous Speech Contest. The four competitors had been tweaking and rehearsing their witty speeches for weeks.”
Speakers were: Andrea Palmer (Albury) “All Chickens Come Home to Roost” – a witty saga about her mother … a fowl affair in which her goose was cooked and all her chickens came home to roost! Trish Matthews (Tumut) “Decent Obsession” – a revelation on Trish joining a ficticious organisation called “Toastmasters Anonymous” Varun Pushpan (Wagga Wagga) “The Dragon Slayer” – a story of his dad; the weirdest guy he has every known. Praveen Suresh (Canberra) “Understanding Male and Female Perspective” – humorous insight into the male and female of the species.