Thamesmead teenager wins Jack Petchey public speaking competition

PUBLISHED: 14:30 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:30 15 July 2013

Winner Nosawaru Ihama with Jack Petchey CBE

Winner Nosawaru Ihama with Jack Petchey CBE


A Thamesmead teenager has won a regional public speaking competition, bagging £3,000 for her school in the process by triumphing in Jack Petchey’s Speak Out challenge.

Nosawaru Ihama, 15, who goes to Trinity School in Belvedere, also won herself a £2,000 National Savings certificate bond earlier this month.

Her three minute speech made a big impression on the 900 strong audience and most importantly the judges who included Baroness Oona King, member of the House of Lords and Keir Stamner QC, director of public prosecutions and head of the crown prosecution service

He said: “I was hugely impressed with the high standard of public speaking from all the young people. Nosawaru’s speech was particularly impressive and she is a deserving winner of the competition.

“The Speak Out challenge was a great event to have been a part of and I congratulate all the students who participated in the programme.”

Nosawaru said: “I was thrilled to get short listed to the Grand Final and shocked to win.

“The speakers were all of a very high standard and as my speech didn’t involve humour or interaction with the audience I thought it could fail. I did love the topic though as I think the world of my stepdad.”

Jack Petchey’s Speak Out challenge is the biggest public speaking event of its kind in the world.

Now in its eighth year, over 17,000 Year 10 students have been trained from 500 state schools across London and Essex, leading to 37 regional finals.

Those winners were short listed to 15 invited to take part in the grand final, held on July 1 in Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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