Thursday, June 23 2022
Robert Caldwell, NFU representative with Claire Fulton, Isabella Gregg and Jack Orr
Robert Caldwell, NFU representative with Claire Fulton, Isabella Gregg and Jack Orr

The public speaking event saw the members compete in the county playoffs and then progress to the finals.

The competition aimed to find the best public speakers among YFCU members in Northern Ireland.

The final consisted of a prepared and impromptu section for each age group.

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Robert Caldwell, NFU representative with James Gregg and Philip Crawford. Missing from the photo: Naomi O’Neill

Contestants delivered a pre-prepared, impromptu speech chosen from a list of specified topics.

Prepared topics included: Stay or vacation?, If I could interview anyone alive or dead it would be, College should be free, Lessons learned from Covid, Are we taking climate change seriously?, Social media has a negative impact on people’s mental health. welfare, The future of auctioning – is it in the ring or online, Great leader(s), Farming must change to meet new market demands and My favorite school subject.

The last impromptu topics were My role model, What you can’t learn in school, Rural life is better than city life, and My greatest concern for the future.

Final judges listened carefully to more than 100 speeches, and these were evaluated based on platform manner, voice production, content, and fact-gathering.

Robert Caldwell, NFU representative with Fraser McComb and Allister Crawford. Absent from the photo: Stéphanie Millar

The judges were deeply impressed with a range of varied and entertaining speeches, thus having a difficult task due to the high standard presented.

3rd – Claire Fulton, Dungiven YFC

Robert Caldwell, NFU Rep with Jonathan Lemon, Kerry Jamison and Rachel Sands

2nd – Jack Orr, Kilraughts YFC

1st – Isabella Gregg, Glarryford YFC

3rd – James Gregg, Glarryford YFC

Robert Caldwell, NFU representative with Joyce Allen, James Currie and Helen Chapman

2nd – Naomi O’Neill, Rathfriland YFC

1st – Philip Crawford, Seskinore YFC

3rd – Fraser McComb, Lylehill YFC

2nd – Stephanie Millar, Coleraine YFC

1st – Allister Crawford, Seskinore YFC

Robert Caldwell, NFU representative with Zoe Weir and Alexis Kidd. Absent from photo: Sarah Ross, Collone

3rd – Jonathan Lemon, Ballywalter YFC

2nd – Kerry Jamison, Kilraughts YFC

1st – Rachel Sands, Annaclone and Magherally YFC

3rd – Joyce Allen, Moneymore

2nd – Helen Chapman, Hillhall

1st – James Currie, Kilraughts

3rd – Sarah Ross, Collone YFC

2nd – Alexis Kidd, Lisnamurrician YFC

1st – Zoe Weir, Annaclone and Magherally YFC

3rd – Thomas McNeill, Kilraughts YFC

2nd – Alan Fleming, Cappagh YFC

1st – Lucy McClintock, Kells and Connor YFC

3rd – Hannah Shaw, Spa YFC

2nd – Gareth Baird, Straid YFC

1st – Adam Alexander, Kilrea YFC

3rd – Hannah Kirkpatrick, Kilraughts YFC

2nd – Gemma Dickey, Randalstown YFC

1st – Andrew Patton, Newtownards YFC

3rd – Ellen McMinn, Annaclone and Magherally YFC

2nd – David Hodges, Moycraig YFC

1st – Judith McKinley, Trillick and District YFC

The YFCU would like to thank the sponsor NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, the chairs, judges and trainers who helped throughout the competition and finally the YFCU members who participated.

Robert Caldwell, NFU representative with Thomas McNeill and Alan Fleming. Missing from the photo: Lucy McClintock
Robert Caldwell, NFU representative with Adam Alexander and Hannah Shaw. Missing from photo: Gareth Baird
NFU Representative Robert Caldwell with Judith McKinley and Ellen McMinn. Absent from photo: David Hodges
Robert Caldwell, NFU Representative with Hannah Kirkpatrick, Andrew Patton and Gemma Dickey

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