Trinity C of E student wins borough round of public speaking competition, Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:25 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:43 31 March 2017

Oliver Bulbrook

Oliver Bulbrook

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Oliver Bulbrook, 15, scooped the top prize

Winner and runner upsWinner and runner ups

A Belevedere 15-year-old has scooped top prize in the regional finals of a public speaking competition.

Oliver Bulbrook from Trinity C of E School won Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge last night (March 30) at Townley Grammar School.

The challenge is the biggest public speaking event of its kind in the world. Now in its eleventh year, over 18,000 year 10 students nationally are expected to compete for nearly £6,000 worth of prizes in this year’s Grand Final.

He impressed the judges with his winning speech, The Answer To The Question, fighting off competition from 14 other young speakers from other Bexley schools.

About the experience he said: “This has taught me how to have confidence in myself and my ambitions as well as speaking out for what I believe.”

After just one day of public speaking and effective communication training, 623 year 10 students aged 14-15 , from 15 schools, took part in the Speak Out Competition.

For coming first, Mr Bulbrook won a £100 gift certificate, and the chance to go through to the grand final of the competition, taking place on July 3 at the Cambridge Theatre.

mayor of Bexley, Eileen Pallen, presented the awards and said: “I’m so glad I came and I commend all speakers as I know what’s involved as I have had to speak in public myself and I am always nervous. I was particularly impressed with the content which I foind poignant, inspiring, and funny.”

The judging panel at the event included: Anthony Burton, account manager, MRM Meteorite; John Francis, retired chartered surveyor and building project consultant; Rizwaan Hanid, project sponsor, Network Rail; Peter Bodley, chief inspector, Metropolitan police; Sharon Massey, councillor, London Borough of Bexley; Esther Shambira, runner up Bexley JPSOC 2015/1.6

Second place went to Maximus Woodley, 15, from Beth’s Grammar School with his speech Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide, and third place went to Olivia Best, 14 from Blackfen School for Girls with her speech titled The Silent Voice.

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