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Author's Name: Geoff Dobbs
Date: Mon 15 Nov 2021



The final round of Rotary’s public speaking competition for secondary school students, ‘Bayspeak,’ was held at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club. In the Senior competition (Years 10 – 12) the successful finalist was Mia Eng (Firbank Grammar School); runner-up Caitlin O’Sullivan (St Leonard’s College). The winners received cash prizes of $400 each and the runners- up received $100 each.

Brighton Secondary College and Firbank Grammar School were awarded the inaugural school trophies which they will hold until the competition is held again in 2022.

The prizes were presented by Robert Ward, Past President of the Rotary Club of Brighton.

 The competition was adjudicated by Bayside Toastmasters, whose President, Janet Gray, congratulated the successful speakers on the passion and thought-out arguments displayed in their speeches. The last round of the competition had been repeatedly delayed by lockdowns but this did not diminish the enthusiasm of the participants or the high standard of their presentations. The event was chaired by Julie Avery, President of the Rotary Club of Brighton. Five schools competed in the final round:Brighton Secondary College, St Leonard’s College, Star of the Sea College, Firbank Grammar School and Mentone Girls’ Grammar School. The successful finalist from the Junior competition (Years 7 – 9) was Anastasia Zaytseva (Brighton Secondary College); runner- up Nathan Stanford (Brighton Secondary College). The Bayspeak Public Speaking Competition was organised by the Rotary Clubs of Brighton, Brighton North and Sandringham and sponsored by the Bendigo Bank, Church St. Brighton.


- Geoffrey Dobbs

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