Public Speaking

Once again, Marymount College public speaking students have been dominant in Gold Coast finals of national competitions in 2019.

In the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, Jennaye McLintock and Jackson Lake reached the Region Final, where Jackson was named the winner of the Public Speaking Award. Prior to the final, Jennaye and Jackson won, not only their respective club judgings but the Public Speaking Award at each club as well. Yasmin Dickinson, who also competed in the Quest, must be congratulated too on winning the Public Speaking Award at the club where she participated.

In Rostrum Voice of Youth, Marymount College students achieved the distinction of winning both the Junior and the Senior divisions at the Gold Coast Region finals; with Hayley Goldsworthy winning the Junior title and Jackson Lake winning the Senior title.

In the Plain English Speaking Award, Yasmin Dickinson and Jackson Lake completely dominated the South East Queensland Zone Final. As the result of their outstanding performances, both proceeded to the State Final, where Jackson won the Queensland title. In the subsequent National Final, he was a clear winner, and as Australian Champion gained the right to represent his country in the International Final of the competition, which will be held in London in May next year, and which is arguably the most prestigious public speaking competition in the world.  It was a truly magnificent achievement.

As a footnote, Jackson is the third Marymount student to win the National Final of the Plain English Speaking Award. Only three students from all other Queensland schools have won the title since the competition began in 1972.

We congratulate, not only Yasmin, Jackson, Jennaye and Hayley on their success but also all of our students who have participated in public speaking competitions this year. We can truthfully say that all have presented excellent speeches and we commend them on their efforts, their dedication, their obvious enthusiasm and their many, many hours of preparation and practice. 

​Bill Bruce
Public Speaking Coach