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The pinnacle of speaking success

PLC Sydney Year 12 student, Eleanor Lawton-Wade, tops the World at the Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) in Cape Town, South Africa last night.  

Eleanor with Dr Burgis

PLC Sydney Speech Student, Eleanor Lawton-Wade (pictured above with Dr Paul Burgis) last night achieved the pinnacle of speaking success, winning first place in the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) in Cape Town South Africa. 

After competing in the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (AIDPSC) in Brisbane last year, four PLC Sydney students; Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Lina Cho, Sherie Pan and Lauren McGrath-Wild; were invited to attend the prestigious World Championships in Cape Town. 

Students from fourteen countries (including USA, Canada, UK, China and Australia) participated in the event. The standard was astonishing and our elite public speaking team distinguished themselves with their performances, with Eleanor awarded first place and Lauren McGrath-Wild finishing in eleventh place.

We congratulate all four students on their extraordinary  achievement, their commitment to training, their stamina throughout the competitions, and the eloquent and intelligent manner in which they expressed themselves. Their well-reasoned opinions and their synthesised arguments were delivered with both wit and wisdom. We would also like to acknowledge and congratulate their coaching team, headed by Mrs Lynette Hawkey, PLC Sydney's Head of Speech.  

Well done girls, we are very proud of you. 

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Our elite public speaking team: (L to R) Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Lina Cho, Lauren McGrath-Wild and Sherie Pan. 
In Cape Town, South Africa with Head of Speech, Mrs Lynette Hawkey.

download-icon Download a recent article about Eleanor from the Inner West Courier - Tuesday 22 May 2018