Moreton Hall’s debating team has been crowned UK champions in this year's Business and Professional Women's Public Speaking Competition. The winning members - speaker Cerys, expresser of thanks Tatyana, and chairman Eloise beat finalists from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
The final, which was held in Belfast, was the last leg of the competition organised by the Business and Professional Women (BPW) group.
The team secured their place in February, when they won the Regional Final. They took as their topic: the rise of the politics of fear, exploring America and Russia in the aftermath of World War Two.
Eloise said: “I was the chairman which meant that I had to meet the speaker from another team, draft an introduction to the audience about their theme. Following their speech I invited questions from the audience and asked pertinent questions for further elaboration.”
As well as Moreton’s team triumph, an individual performance from Florence earned her the Elizabeth Peacock trophy, the prize was for an outstanding talk on a relevant issue.
Florence commented: “I discussed the representation of gender in media; exploring how it differs from men to women, but is a topical issue for all genders. I also debated whether gender is drilled into us from birth - ranging from baby clothes to children’s toys. I concluded with a quote: ‘All through life there are distinctions: clothes for men, clothes for women; loos for men and loos for women. But then, at the end, the graves are identical’.”
Summing up the girls’ success, Head of Spoken English Merriel Halsall-Williams said: “This is an exceptional achievement and a fitting conclusion to another excellent year of competing."