Chris wins National Speech Contest at Castle Donington

Chris Clissitt with the National Speech trophy and the Wetherby SC banner, which was on display all weekend at the conference

Chris Clissitt came first in the National Speech Contest at Castle Donington on Saturday 27th April. There were 8 competitors representing the 8 districts which make up in the National Association, and Chris won with his speech entitled “The Problem With Solutionism.”

It was 3rd time lucky for Chris having competed at Blackpool in 2008 and Carlisle in 2006 when he was runner up.

This was Wetherby’s 3rd different winner of the trophy following Roy Bowen in 1980 and Terry Ryan in 2009. In fact, Wetherby have provided two winners and two runners up in the last 8 years alone (Terry was runner up in 2011.) Not bad for a small club!

And it doesn’t end there….. Neil Wilson represented the club in the National Evaluation contest on Sunday morning and delivered an excellent evaluation. Whilst not in the places on this occasion, he acquitted himself well and enjoyed the experience.

Neil Wilson, who competed in the National Evaluation contest

And for Eastern District more good news – Lindsay Dutch of York RISC was installed as National President. We wish him all the best for a very successful year of office.

Mention must also go to Martin Bishop of Bradford SC who was appointed Eastern District President.

Thanks to Jocelyn Brooks, our Publicity Officer, who took the opportunity to display the Wetherby Speakers Club banner in a prominent location for the whole weekend, generating  a healthy amount of interest from passers by.


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