Speakers' Corner

aidpsc speakfest

📸Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Lina Cho, Lauren McGrath-Wild and Sherie Pan 📸Claire Shi, Natalie Lambropoulos, Georgina Hedge and Gwendalyn Dabaja 

PLC Speech Students at the Pinnacle of Speaking Success

Our elite public speaking team distinguished themselves with their extraordinary success at the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (AIDPSC) held in Brisbane at the beginning of the school holidays.  In an intense three day competition the students participated in four events - Debating, Public Speaking, Impromptu Speaking and Interpretive Reading. Our senior team, consisting of Year 11 students Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Lina Cho, Sherie Pan and Lauren McGrath-Wild dominated events to walk away with Championship Titles and 2nd place in three of the four events. The icing on the cake for the team was that from the 60 students assembled from around Australia, PLC Sydney student Eleanor Lawton-Wade was declared the outright winner and title holder of the AIDPSC for 2017. She was closely followed in second place by Lina Cho, 3rd place by Lauren McGrath-Wild and 6th place Sherie Pan. What an achievement! These Year 11 students have each received invitations to represent Australia at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2018. To secure four of the top six place in Australia is an unprecedented event.

In the Junior Development Team (Speakfest) our juniors also faired very well. The Speakfest team members are Year 10 students Claire Shi, Natalie Lambropoulos and Georgina Hedge, and Gwendalyn Dabaja from Year 9. Not only did these girls get to participate in top class speaking events, they also observed speaking excellence in action.

Claire secured 2nd placed overall in the Speakfest competition, closely followed by Natalie in 3rd. The final results tally indicated that PLC Sydney has both depth and strength in speaking events. The results are listed below.

AIDPSC Overall Results

  • Eleanor Lawton-Wade - AIDPSC Australian Champion 2017, 1st in Interpretive Reading, 1st in Persuasive Speaking , 2nd in Impromptu Speaking and 3rd in Debating
  • Lina Cho - AIDPSC 2nd in Australia and 4th in Debating
  • Lauren McGrath-Wild - AIDPSC 3rd in Australia, 1st Impromptu Speaking, 2nd Debating and 2nd Persuasive Speaking 
  • Sherie Pan - AIDPSC 6th in Australia and 2nd Interpretive Reading

Speakfest Overall Results

  • Claire Shi - Speakfest 2nd Overall, 2nd in Interpretive Reading and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking
  • Natalie Lambropoulos - Speakfest 3rd Overall and 2nd in Persuasive Speaking
  • Georgina Hedge - Speakfest 9th Overall
  • Gwendalyn Dabaja - 7th in Debating 

These students are to be congratulated on their commitment to training, their stamina through the competition, 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.

It's also important to acknowledge the efforts of the coaches who assisted me. All coaches are former PLC Sydney students and AIDPSC representatives - Mel Walsh (Debating), Natasha Noore (Impromptu Speaking) and Annie McCarthy (Speakfest Impromptu Speaking) with additional support and sage advice from Therese Bennetts.

Now that the dust has settled and we look back on the enormity of what has been achieved, it's time to cast our eyes forward to the preparations for Worlds next year.

Lynette Hawkey
Head of Speech

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