Fylde MP praises young orators at national final of Rotary competition


Fylde MP Mark Menzies praised young public speakers following the national final of the Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks competition at Kirkham Grammar School.

The prestigious event saw teams of youngsters from across Great Britain head to Fylde this weekend to speak on a range of topics in front of a panel of judges.

Following the competition, Mr Menzies said the level of oration on display had been extremely impressive, with the teams tackling some difficult subject matter.

He added: “As a Member of Parliament I am privileged to regularly be in the company of some of the best debaters and public speakers in the world, so I know how difficult a skill it is to excel at.

“However, some of the extremely articulate performances I saw on stage on Saturday were very impressive and I was glad I was able to speak to a number of the young people afterwards to let them know how well they had done.

“To be able to take a complicated topic and speak fluently and concisely on it for six minutes to get your points across is something which will serve these young people well in a range of different careers.

“Youth Speaks is another example of the International Rotary Club investing time and effort into our young people and I know some of the local members were extremely proud of the level of competition and standard of entries.”


PICTURE: Mr Menzies with the senior team from The Red Maids’ School in Bristol, who won their category with their speech on introvertism.

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