Toastmasters International Competition held at Town Hall

Toastmaster contestants pose with winners Annick Jackman, center left, and Sashoy Dunkan, center right, who will be heading to Haiti later in May to compete in the District Contest.

On Wednesday evening, nine contestants from Toastmasters clubs based in Grand Cayman competed at the George Town Town Hall in the International Speech and Table Topics Contest.

The competition was made of up two contests – the Table Topics Contest and the International Speech Contest. Toastmasters from the Eminent Orators Club, Grand Cayman Club, Eloquent Speakers Club and Scotiabank Pioneer Club took part.

In the Table Topics Contest, six of the contestants were each asked: “What does ‘success’ mean to you?” and were given two minutes to talk, having had no knowledge of the question beforehand or any time to prepare.

The International Speech competition saw six contestants, some having also participated in the Table Topics Contest, speak on a prepared topic they had chosen previously for five to seven minutes, with contestants choosing to speak about topics such as emotional abuse, or how you and others view yourself in a mirror.

Sashoy Duncan, from the Eminent Orators Club, came first place in the Table Topics Contest and Annick Jackman, from the Grand Cayman Club, came first place in the International Speech Contest, making them both eligible to represent Cayman in Haiti later in May.

The winner of the District Contest will go to the International Contest held in Chicago in August. In the past, Cayman has done well at the District level, and came third in the Table Topics Contest in Barbados last year.

Toastmaster clubs help empower members to perfect their public speaking and leadership skills. Toastmasters International has 16,400 clubs with a membership base of more than 352,000 people in 141 countries.

For more information about Toastmasters, visit www.toastmasters.org or contact George Ebanks at 322-9369.