After the Preliminary and District Final rounds, Cumbrian Young Farmers are now holding the County Finals of many of their public speaking competitions.
The 6 finalists in the Situations Vacant competition had to apply for a job vacancy or college course, send a personal statement, cv and letter to the 2 judges, Pat Bell, past County President and Nicola Jackson from Inspira, and then attend an interview at the George Hotel, Penrith. The judges commended the competitors on their interviewing skills, Alice Longmire, Lowick 1st, Emma Metcalf, Eden Valley 2nd and Martin Holliday, Egremont 3rd.
In the Junior Public Speaking final the younger members of YFC kept the audience entertained with their speeches on a wide variety of topics. We learnt the history and importance of Suffolk sheep to 14 year old Jodie Park of Kent Estuary YFC and how horse-riding has been in Ellie Skelhorn’s blood since the age of 3, with fascinating tales of her grandad’s jump jockey career. Ben Cooper of Lowick told us of his new passion for Ultimate Frisbee and Makayla Brash, Drigg, spoke of her passion for dance and being part of the Rock Challenge. Alice Longmire gave an interesting talk on triathlon racing and finally Edward Harrison spoke of his “liquorice allsorts” dairy herd, explaining how he and his father had experimented with milking 14 different cattle breeds before settling on Simmentals as their favourite breed for milking.
All the Chairmen and Vote of Thanks spoke with confidence and when all the marks were added up, Judges Kieran Armer and Matthew Burbury announced the winners to be Longtown’s team of Edward Harrison, Georgina Carruthers and Paul Gardner. Drigg’s team of Molly Simcock, Ellie Naylor and Makayla Brash were 2nd and Jessica Arnold, and Alice and William Longmire of Lowick YFC were placed 3rd.
Meanwhile the senior members were being interviewed by past presidents Alison Burbury, Stephen Proctor and Pat Bell on their activities and ambitions inside and outside of YFC.
County Chairman, Mark Curr of Pennine YFC was presented with the trophy for YFC Member of the Year, Kerry Procter from Grayrigg YFC was 2nd and Julie Denby, Longtown YFC 3rd.