Charlotte Guest on stage at the 2015 McDonald's Sydney Eisteddfod
Speech, drama and public speaking events have been included in the McDonald's Sydney Eisteddfod ever since it began in 1933. Over the decades, politicians, lawyers, industry leaders, clergymen and other public figures have risen from its public speaking platform.
During the opening weekend of the 2015 festival, an enormous number of budding orators, some as young as eight, took to the stage to deliver their views on topics ranging from the Anzacs to teenage suicide, elephant poaching and the rise youtube celebrities. Their theories delighted adjudicators Simone Whetton and Moira Hawker who encouraged them all to keep researching and expounding on topics that were dear to their hearts.
The entrants competed in six different events with Charlotte Guest of Yowie Bay achieving the top mark of the day with a dissertation entitled Lest We Forget that earned her a score of 94/100. Not to be outdone, Antonia Sharp proved she can talk endlessly about anything by winning the Impromptu Speech (18/u) for the second year in a row, while Ella Tavner, who won the Prepared Speech (10 years) in 2014, struck gold again in the Prepared Speech (11 years). The other three winners, Isabella Monardo, Daniel Gilerman and Lauren Deutsch, scored well-deserved victories after impressing the audience with outstanding presentations. Bravo all!