SWANSEA Lions Club

District 201N3, New South Wales, Australia


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YOTY 201N3 District Final

We read and hear so much today about our troubled youth of today that we could be forgiven for thinking that this country has no future. Fortunately a few of us older generation have experienced the Lions Youth of The Year Quest participants at club, zone, region or district level and left knowing that we have a great group of young people who will make this country even stronger in the future. The Australia wide contest involves over 2,000 students aged between 15 and 19 years.

On Saturday at the Lemon Tree Passage Bowls Club five young people fought out a NSW Lions District 201N3 Final OF THE 2014 Lions Youth of the Year Quest. The students were Maddison O’Grady-Lee from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College – The Entrance Campus, Jessica Graham from Swansea High, Jacqueline Willing from Kotara High, Cordell Murphy from Bulahdelah Central and Kate Field from St Joseph’s Aberdeen.  In a very close contest the eventual overall and public speaking winner was Kate Field who will now contest the NSW State final at Nambucca Heads in two weeks.

The contest first requires the students to respond to two impromptu questions which require them to give a two minute response. The questions on Saturday were firstly, ”What characteristics make your ideal hero and why?” and secondly, “As Australia is an ageing society, what do you consider are the main problems facing the elderly to-day?”. I am sure the audience were glad that they were spectators.

Following these question each student gave a five minute prepared speech on a wide range of subjects of their own choice. The subjects addressed included “The Dream Project”, “Making a Difference”, “How to sole economic inequality”, “Special Olympics” and “Power of Imagination” clearly indicating the very high intellectual level of the students.

All of the students had participated in hard fought contests starting at the Club level. Jessica Graham from Swansea High School had won her Swansea Lions Club final by one point from the four other Swansea High students.

Jessica Graham, Swansea High School and Swansea Lions Club representative in the 201N3 District Final.