Sunday, September 7, 2008

2008 International Speech Contest - Calgary

“Toastmasters: The Courage to Conquer!”

Jana Barnhill, DTM, AS - 2008-2009 International President, Toastmasters Accredited Speaker, 1996 Second Place World Champion Public Speaker,
1993 Third Place World Champion Public Speaker

On Saturday August 16, 2008 during the Toastmasters International Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada inside the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre the 2008 Toastmasters International Speech Contest began at 9:00 AM in a room filled with 3,000 eager toastmasters, family members and guests.

The First Place Winner of the 2008 International Speech Contest is LaShunda Rundles from Region III – Texas, Second Place Winner, Loghandran Krishnasamy, District 51 – Malaysia [DNAR], Third Place Winner – Dr. Katherine Morrison – Region Vii, District 31 – Boston, Massachusetts.

Other contestants were:

Richard Hopkings, Region I – [Also a Champions Edge Member]
Robert Mackenzie, Region II
Martin Presse, Region IV
Colin Williams, Region V
Charles Wilson, Region VI – [Also a Champions Edge Member]
Henry Flowers, Region VIII
Jock Elliot District 69 – Brisbane Australia [District Not Assigned Region – DNAR]

It was an historical event for all Three Top Finalist. AND CONGRATS to each!

LaShunda Rundles is now the first woman to win in the past 20 years!
Loghandran Krishnasamy is the first contestant to win from Malaysia!
Dr. Katherine Morrison is the first person/woman to win third place from District 31!

It was an amazing contest with amazing messages fro ALL of the contestants - EVERYONE deserves a “standing ovation” because for each of them to make it as far as they did takes commitment and as the 2008-2009 International President’s theme says the “Courage to Conquer”!

AND big thanks to ALL the judges, counters, timers, ushers and everyone who assisted with making the entire event successful!
Would YOU like to “Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking”?
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Definitions of courage on the Web:

• a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
• Courage, also known as bravery, will and fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. ...
Definitions of conquer on the Web:

• suppress: to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
• appropriate: take possession of by force, as after an invasion; "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"
• overcome by conquest; "conquer your fears"; "conquer a country"
• to defeat in combat; to subjugate

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