Kaniva College tops Wimmera Legacy public speaking competition

GIFT OF THE GAB: Wimmera Legacy president Michael Krause with joint winners Louise Hobbs and Gerard Natividad, runner-up Nia Harrison and sponsor Matt Latus of Latus Jewellers at this year’s Wimmera Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

GIFT OF THE GAB: Wimmera Legacy president Michael Krause with joint winners Louise Hobbs and Gerard Natividad, runner-up Nia Harrison and sponsor Matt Latus of Latus Jewellers at this year’s Wimmera Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

KANIVA College has defended its reign at this year's Wimmera Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.

Year nine student Louise Hobbs took top honours at Friday's competition in Horsham for a second consecutive year.

But this time she shared the glory.

St Brigid's College year eight student Gerard Natividad was awarded equal first place.

"I still can't get over it," he said.

Each of the 12 entrants made two speeches: one they had prepared about a topic of their choice, and another addressing a topic determined by judges.

This year, the students had five minutes to collect their thoughts on climate change.

Louise's topic of choice was the legacy of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell.

She said she was inspired by the evolution of his concept.

Lord Baden-Powell was a military man who specialised in scouting. He trained soldiers using some tactics the scouting movement would become known for, such as awarding badges for accomplishing a skill.

Louise was impressed by how Lord Baden-Powell's idea had progressed from preparing people for war to equipping people with skills for peace.

She summarised the Scout movement as 'millions of boys and girls all around the world adopting goodwill for all mankind'.

Gerard's speech was inspired by his parents' sacrifice for him.

They left their home and families in the Philippines to give their children better opportunities for life.

Gerard said he was about nine years old when his family moved to Australia.

"It only takes one dream and sacrifice to change the lives of many," he said.

The winners will go on to represent the Wimmera in a preliminary final in Bendigo.

Horsham College's Nia Harrison was runner-up with a speech called, 'Fear: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly'.

Master of ceremonies Bill McGrath was impressed by the quality of the speeches and proficiency of the participants.

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