Speech challenge puts Coast Toastmasters on the spot

Dairy Flat Toastmasters table topics winners, from left, Colin Kyle, Courtney Davies and Aroha Heene.

Dairy Flat Toastmasters is a new kid on the block, which is now ready to challenge other Toastmasters clubs at a local speech competition.

There’s a lot at stake, as the winner of the local event goes forward to compete against Toastmasters from throughout the Auckland region.

Dairy Flat Toastmasters was founded just over a year ago by Paul and Tina Richards. Paul says it was touch-and-go for sometime as to whether or not it would be a success but that numbers have increased to the point where the club was able to hold its first speech contest last month.

Speakers took part in Humorous, as well as Table Topics categories. Paul says that Table Topics is “like spin the bottle”.

“Suddenly everything is pointing at you and you have to jump up and talk on a topic, spontaneously,” he says. “You are put right on the spot.”

Josh Gross, a software designer with a passion for composing music, won the humorous category and 22-year-old Courtney Davies, a Massey University student, thought quickly on her feet to win the Table Topics contest.

These two will represent the Dairy Flat club at the local inter-club championship, competing against Silverdale-Orewa, Orewa Lunchtime, Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth Toastmasters on November 22.
First place getters at that event go on to compete for the Auckland area title.

Paul says the club is proud to be able to take part in the competition and excited to see how it stacks up.


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