Applications for the 2018 'Young Speechmakers' Public Speaking Contest Have Closed

Register Your Interest for the 2019 Contest by Completing the Enquiry Form

Howick Lions Club offers youth 17-21 years of age the opportunity to participate in a national annual public speaking competition organised by Lions Clubs New Zealand.

Youth must have attained seventeen years of age and not be over 21 years at 1 December.

The winner of the 2018 contest receives sponsored air travel to North America where they will spend four-six weeks with members of the Lions Family in December-January. The second prize is a three-week trip to Australia. The third prize is a placement at the highly regarded Lions International Youth Camp at Lake Okataina during Christmas/New Year holiday.

Entry is free and open to the public through their local Lions Club. If you live in the Howick, East Tamaki, Botany Downs, Flat Bush area, and are interested in registering for the 2019 contest, then please contact Howick Lions Club by completing our 'Register Your Interest' form and we will send you all the details and the application forms when they become available.


Rules:

Youth will be required to deliver a prepared speech of not less than five minutes nor more than six minutes. The topic is at the discretion of the contestant. Penalty points apply for under and over time. An additional impromptu speech of not more than two minutes on a topic determined by the judges will also be delivered by each contestant. Penalty points apply for over time.


Details for the 2018 Young Speechmakers Contest

District Finals will be held throughout New Zealand on a weekend late May - end June 2018 to determine the winners per district. These winners will travel to the National Finals in Rangiora on Saturday 4th August 2018. All travel to the Finals is at the expense of New Zealand Lions Clubs. The National Finalist will be required to deliver the two speeches as aforementioned.


Prizes for the 2018 Young Speechmakers Contest

An overall National winner will be determined at this contest and their prize will be a four to six week trip to the United States/Canada. Air travel, accommodation and meals will be met by Lions Clubs International and our sponsor. 1st Runner Up will receive a trip to Australia and 2nd Runner Up will receive a placement at a Lions International Youth Camp at Rotorua in December 2018/January 2019. The National winner will be required to provide spending money only. Air travel will be provided from the winner’s nearest airport to the United States/Canada and return.


How to Enter the 2019 Young Speechmakers Contest

If you live in the Howick, East Tamaki, Botany Downs, Flat Bush area, and are interested in registering for the 2019 contest, then please contact Howick Lions Club by completing our 'Register Your Interest' form and we will send you all the details and the application forms when they become available.


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2017 Speechmakers Winners

Winner: Lauren Carr - Sponsored by Dannevirke Host Lions Club. Runner-Up: Matthew Jayasuria - Sponsored by East Hamilton Lions Club. 2nd Runner-Up: Raphael Franks - Sponsored by Christchurch City Breakfast Lions Club and Oscar McGuire - Sponsored by Port Chalmer Lions Club

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2016 Speechmakers Winners

From left to right: 2nd Runner-Up: Anja Dunlop (sponsored by Lions Club of Havelock). Runner-Up: Abby May (sponsored by Lions Club of Havelock North Village). Winner : Sean Millward (sponsored by Tokoroa Districts Lions Club).

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2015 Speechmakers Winner

Olivia Burrell, the National Speechmakers Winner in 2015