New YFC speechmaking team makes stunning debut

The Scottish Association of Young Farmers held its annual competitions weekend at Carlisle Racecourse and members did not walk away empty handed. Danusia Osiowy reports.

IT was their first year as a team, and one to remember as Machars YFC were announced the winners of this year’s national senior speechmaking competition.

The quartet beat runners-up Kilmaurs YFC and Stewartry YFC, who were placed third, after they fiercely debated whether open farms were more effective than television.

Leading the team was Bobby Landers, 21, as the chairman, followed by the speaker, Leona Wallace, 28, whose confidence was not deterred by Colin Ferguson, 23, who was the team’s question master.

The chirpy, but professional vote of thanks came from Libby Templeton, 23.


The 10 teams taking part were marked on a variety of skills, ranging from originality of remarks, content of speech, voice and clarity and relevancy of questions.

Speaking after the presentation, Bobby said it was the first time the club had ever won the competition.

“We have really enjoyed the experience and it has been a fantastic day. The competition really teaches skills you can use in the future,” she said.

The team has been practicing every week since last October and was trained by Richard Oxley from Barholm, Meins.

It was also a good day for Stewartry YFC, who won three out of the four awards for best individuals.

Katie Davidson was named the best chairman, Donald Armstrong best speaker and Jennifer Armstrong best question master after delivering an impressive debate about ‘whether Scotland, the brand, should be exploited to increase food exports.’

Isla Erskine from Kilmaurs won the award for offering the best vote of thanks.


Senior speechmaking 1, Machars, 2, Kilmaurs, 3, Stewatry.

Best chairman Katie Davidson.

Best speaker Donald Armstrong.

Best question master Jennifer Armstrong.

Best vote of thanks Isla Erskine.

Ten-pin bowling 1, SSS, 2, Carluke, 3 Ayr.

National quiz 1, Carluke, 2, Bathgate, 3, Turiff.

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