The 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod began on 31 May with aspiring radio announcers testing their news reading and radio announcing skills at Fine Music FM 102.5 studios in St Leonards. Two events were offered, the first for entrants aged 14 years and under and the second for those in the 15- 19 years age group.
In both events the entrants acquitted themselves well and the improvement in those who participated in the same program last year, showed how much they gained from the experience. In the first event, 12-year-old Edward Lawrence from St Ives emerged triumphant, a mark ahead of Joshua Stotski (Bellevue Hill) and Ben Roberts (North Bondi) finished proudly in third place.
In the senior event, 18-year-old Mitch Churi (Cronulla) was a standout and so greatly impressed his judges with his unique way of making a previously unsighted script his own that he has been offered a place within the Fine Music Young Virtuosi Team as Trainee Presenter. Another young competitor will also be considered for a place in a work experience program at the station.
The participants all received written reports at the end of each session, with the three adjudicators, Judy Deacon, Troy Fil & Andrew Bukenya, providing them with a wealth of general feedback and useful tips.
Fine Music FM 102.5 and The Pollard Family & friends sponsored these events and Mrs Christine Butters, representing The Pollard Family, presented the awards to the recipients.