Thursday, August 13, 2009

Breaking News from Toastmasters International Convention in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA

Photo: MGM Grand Foxwoords, Convention Venue of Toastmasters 78th Annual International Convention, August 12-15, 2009, "Find Fun by the Bucket…in Mashantucket!", Connecticut, USA.

Received breaking news from our Club member Ong Swee Keat who competed in the Group B of the DNAR (Districts Not Assigned to Regions) International Speech Contest held in the evening of Aug 11, 2009

Although Ong Swee Keat is not placed in the top 3 in the DNARB contest, bravo to Ong for representing Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club and for representing Distric 51 and for having prepared so hard the past 3 months to participate in this high calibre world standard speech contest. The experience gained will bring Ong to greater heights in public speaking.

Heartiest congratulations to the 1st place winners of both DNARA and DNARB who will proceed to the finale - "Toastmasters International - World Championship of Public Speaking 2009", this August 15, 2009 Saturday morning 9am at Toastmasters 78th Annual International Convention, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.

1st - Herminigildo V. Garrobo - Philippine - District 75

2nd - Douglas Kruger - South Africa - District 74
3rd - Donald Yee - Hong Kong - District 80

1st - Mark Hunter - Queensland, Australia - District 69
2nd - Anika Stapleton - St. Vincent, The Caribbean - District 81
3rd - George O'Keeffe - Victoria, Australia - District 73

For the Toastmasters International official news and finalist list of contestants including North American Regions, click here

I googled and found this descriptive eye witness report:

From District 27 LGET Paul White,
"Here is the “haps” from the Interdistrict Speech contests.

There were two separate contests. I attended Contest “B” - which had speakers mostly from Asia with Mexico and the island Carribean also competing. The contest speakers were excellent. A wheel-chair bound guy named Mark Hunter from Cairns who has a booming voice and a good storyline about letting go of emotional baggage won first place. Mark has been on the big stage before and has competed at International at least six times.

A young lady who was a ‘first-timer’ from the Caribbean won second place and George O’Keefe from Western Australia placed third.

In Speech Contest “A,” a Filipino named Herminigildo V. Garrobo won fist place, followed by many times over contestant Douglas Kruger from South Africa and Donald Yee.

I have seen Viki and Heath working the floor and many District 27 members here, there and everywhere. The excitement of seeing so many Toastmasters from around the world never grows old."

Note: Last year, our District 51 representative, K Loghandran of Speakers Dream Toastmasters Club of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia achieved District 51 history for winning 2nd place in the finale of World Championship of Public Speaking, click here

It was Loghandran's second time representing District 51. So Ong Sweet Keat, take a deserving break, enjoy the rest of your first Toastmasters International Convention and go again a second time.

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