Speakers don’t miss a beat: City of Swan ‘s Youth Out Loud public speaking competition

Youth Out Loud contest winners with Cr Daniel Parasiliti.
Youth Out Loud contest winners with Cr Daniel Parasiliti.

THE City of Swan has hosted its seventh annual Youth Out Loud public speaking contest at the Midland Junction Arts Centre.

Young people had a chance to say a lot about issues important to them and their communities.

This year’s theme was ‘What’s missing in your local community?’

About 25 young people took part in the competition, representing schools from across the City and surrounding communities.

Cr Daniel Parasiliti, who was one of the judges on the night, was impressed with what he saw and heard.

“Speaking in a public setting is a challenge for many people, and the young people showed great courage to speak out about issues that affect them,” he said.

The overall winner was John Paul Botha, of Bullsbrook College, who called for more fire awareness education programs for young people, having experienced his community being directly affected by bush fires.

Erica Sawyer from Governor Stirling Senior High School spoke about the need for young people to directly communicate with the City, while Zac Williams from Guildford Grammar called for an overhaul of the telecommunications infrastructure in Stoneville to bring the quality of internet service delivery up to modern standards.

Famous Sharron was the MC for the evening, and the audience also saw performances by local young people, including the Ellenbrook Community Youth Performance Group, Bethany O’Brien and Stu-Pendous Magician.

Sponsored by Mondo Nougat and Toastmasters, the event was a resounding success and showed the resilience and capabilities of youth in the area for the future.

Award winners included: (Junior) John Paul Botha (1st), Connor McKee (2nd); (Intermediate) Erica Sawyer (1st), Shaquita Nannup (2nd); (Senior) Zac Williams (1st), Nathaniel Harris (2nd).