Grand Final and Heats

27 04 2019 – Grand Final of the SIWA Public Speaking Competition

Thanks to Daniela from SI South Perth for these photos and names

Presenter Liz Butson AM President, Soroptimist International Western Australia; and Master of Ceremony, Karess Diaz President SI Fremantle

(L-R Finalists: Petrice Pesick Notre Dame; Rebekah-Anne Craggs Curtin University; Natasha Tonga UWA, Chelsea McNeill Murdoch University; and Chantelle Lynch ECU)

Finalist Winner Rebekah-Anne Craggs and MC Karess Dias President SI Fremantle

Kaye Hill President SI South Perth; Finalist Winner Rebekah-Anne Craggs Curtin University, and Liz Butson AM President SIWA

(Rosaline Miller (President SI Townsville); Margaret Lobo SI Perth; Vida Corbett Past President SI South Perth; Public Speaking Finalists: Chelsea McNeill Murdoch; Natasha Tonga UWA, and Rebekah-Anne Craggs Curtin University; Petrice Pesick Notre Dame;  Chantelle Lynch ECU; Karess Dias (President SI Fremantle)

Finalist Winner Rebekah-Anne Craggs with the ladies from SI South Perth Club

Congratulations Karess and the organising committee on such a successful event.  

The University heats brought to the Grand Final a suite of exceptionally talented young women who all presented their story with passion, purpose and poise. What a wonderful forum for these young women to speak with authenticity and authority on gender equality, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal No 5 and indeed highlight the benefits of one of Soroptimists’ key objectives of education.

As a regional event, this second inter-varsity competition has given voice to Soroptimism through younger women and in terms of advocacy has promoted our cause.

Members look forward to hear how we intend to tap into this new found passion for women’s issues and to see how best we decide to partner with these accomplished young women.

Thanks to Pamela from SI Fremantle for the update and the following photos

17 04 2019 Heat 5 of the Public Speaking Competition

Co hosting clubs SI South Perth and SI Perth at the Curtin University  

Emily Hunt SI Perth was MC for the evening

The Judges were Sue Doherty Mayor South Perth, Professor Siobhan Austen Curtin School of Business and Vida Corbett SI South Perth.  

Participants were four in number, all gave very good presentations Meg Jones Law / International relations, Deepika Pandi Rasjamanickam Master of Teaching, Rebekah-Anne Craggs BComms(Marketing) BArts (Creative Writing) and Rehab Rashid Aljahwar Engineering

Jane Jones, Celeste Sweeney and Kaye Hill gave presentations and updates on the respective club’s activities and projects between speakers and while the judges were deliberating.    

The winner was Rebekah-Anne Craggs  

Again another lovely evening, a great crowd and supper was as usual fantastic, thanks to the Soroptimist supporters from other clubs who came along. 

Thanks to Annie C for the words and photos

16 04 2019 Heat 4

SI Fremantle President Karess Dias welcomed everyone to the club Heat of the Public Speaking Competition held at Santa Maria Lecture Theatre at NotreDame University.

Four lovely young women,  Rebecca French, Lucy Stewart, Brittney Macrae and Petrice Pesick presented their arguments to a good crowd tonight they were all focussed and passionate about their task and made it extremely difficult for the judges to deliver a winner. 

The judges were Adele Tan CEO of Fremantle Women’s Health Centre, Carol Sketetee Associate Head Fremantle Campus Notre Dame University and Anne Allen IPP SIWA.  

The winner was Petrice Pesick who is studying Law and Commerce. Petrice will go on to represent Notre Dame University at the Grand Final on Saturday 27th April at 1pm following the Region Meeting.

Thanks to the visiting Soroptimists who helped boost the numbers in the audience. Supper was a very tasty affair thanks to the Ladies who provided the food.

Thanks to Annie C for the words and photos


11 04 2019  Heat 3 of the Public Speaking Competition at Murdoch University

Tonight’s heat was hosted by SI Rockingham.

The four contestants did a fantastic job on their presentations and interestingly they all chose the same topic, so it was a very close contest by Emma, Noran, Chelsea and Kayleigh.

The judges’ decision revealed that the winner was Chelsea McNeill.
It was a lovely friendly evening and we had the most beautiful supper provided by SI Rockingham members.

Eleven members from SI Fremantle attended so thanks ladies for giving up yet another tea time this week.

Thanks to Annie C for the words and photos

10 April 2019 Second heat of Public Speaking Competition at ECU Joondalup Campus

Tonight was the SI Joondalup heat. There were five contestants who all  did their presentations beautifully.

The judges had a very difficult task finding the balance and selecting the winner was not an easy job to complete as all of the participants were passionate and committed to their chosen subject.

Chantelle Lynch was the ultimate winner. She will now compete in the final at Notre Dame University on Saturday 27th April.

Thanks to Annie C and SI Joondalup for the photos

8 April 2019 First heat of Public Speaking Competition at UWA

The first heat of the Region Public Speaking Competition was hosted by SI On The Terrace and SI South Perth at The University of Western Australia and included fantastic refreshments on the balcony prior to the start of the Competition.
Hazel Butorac introduced four contestants who then presented their talks to an enthusiastic audience of family, friends and Soroptimists from a number of clubs including SI Maylands Peninsula, SI Rockingham and SI Fremantle – who had 15 of their members attending in lieu of their regular meeting. It was a lovely evening and the contestants were of a high calibre which made the judges task of selecting a winner very difficult.

The winner was announced and she is looking forward to the final at Notre Dame University in a couple of weeks her name is Natasha Tonga.

[Thanks to Annie C for the notes and photos]

Members of SI Fremantle decided to make a night of it and continued on to Steve’s Pub in Nedlands for a delightful meal and a glass of wine. It was a beautiful balmy night outside under the stars in the beer garden.

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