Ceredigion debate their way to a double victory!

On Sunday 24th March, hundreds of YFC members from across Wales gathered at the Royal Welsh Showground for the annual Public Speaking Festival. We would like to thank Menter a Busnes for sponsoring this competition. We would also like to thank Harper Adams University, LANTRA and FUW for allowing us to use their buildings for the competitions. 

The first competition of the day was the Welsh Junior Reading, adjudicated by Mr Alwyn Evans. The junior members were tasked with reading ‘Academi Mr Dŵm’ by Jon Gower. The county that came first in this competition was Ceredigion, with Esyllt winning Best Reader. Members who competed in the English Junior Reading had to read ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ by Roald Dahl. This competition was judged by Meira Lloyd Harries. The winning county was Brecknock with Mariana being crowned Best Reader.  

The next competition was for members 16 years of age and under. Mrs Nia Thomas adjudicated the Junior Section in the Welsh Public Speaking and Mrs Sarah Lewis adjudicated the Junior Section in the English Public Speaking Competition. The winning county in the Welsh language competition was Carmarthenshire with Celyn receiving the Best Speaker award. Ceredigion’s team won the English language competition with Rhodri being crowned Best Speaker.  

For the Intermediate members, it was the Brainstrust Competition in the English Language and Debating in the Welsh section. Mr Deryc Rees adjudicated the Welsh Language teams. Carmarthenshire won this competition with Iwan Bryer receiving the Best Speaker award. Mr Martyn Popham judged the English Language competition, with Pembrokeshire YFC taking the crown this time and Charlotte Lewis receiving the Best Speaker award. 

The Senior members competed in After Dinner Speaking with Mr Ben Lake MP judging the Welsh language competition. Ceredigion’s team won the competition with Elen Davies receiving the Best Speaker award. Ceredigion also won the Senior English Mace Debating Competition with Meleri Morgan receiving Best Speaker. This competition was judged by Mr Roger Phillips.  

The winner of the Intermediate Situations Vacant Competition, judged by Meinir Wigley and Iona Lloyd-Davies was Charlotte Lewis from Pembrokeshire YFC. The Senior Situations Vacant Competition was judged by Kath Jones and Steve Hughson, Lauren David from Glamorgan YFC took the crown in this competition.   

Whilst all the interviews, reading and speaking competitions were taking place, a number of members were busy crafting in the Wales YFC workshop for the Cube Exhibit Competition. Members had to display a country of their choice through flower arranging, cookery, textile handicraft, art handicraft and natural handicraft. Carmarthenshire YFC were the winners with their exhibition of Wales. 

To finish the day we held the Disco Dancing competition with seven counties competing. It was great to see all the fabulous costumes and choreography taking place, adding a little bit of sparkle to the day. Brecknock YFC danced their way to victory in this competition. 

Ceredigion YFC were the overall winners in both the Welsh & English Language Public Speaking Competitions.  

We would like to wish good luck to all the members who will go on to represent Wales YFC at the NFYFC Public Speaking Competition in July at Stafford Showground.