THE FINALS OF THE 2011 INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION RUN BY THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION WAS HELD IN LONDON ON FRIDAY 27TH MAY2011.

Jeon Kang from the Republic of Korea has won the 30th International Public Speaking Competition.  With his speech “Umm…I can’t teach?!”, Jeon wowed the audience and judges at the grand final held at HSBC Headquarters inCanaryWharf.

82 National winners from 49 countries around the world took part in the 30th annual “International Public Speaking Competition” run by the English-Speaking Union.

After a week of entertainment, training, and cultural exchange, the competition began on Thursday with all 82 competitors delivering their speeches in eight heats at ESU headquarters.  The speeches all centred round the theme of the year “Words are not enough“, with competitors from all over the world speaking up for the need to take action on global issues such as climate change, political oppression and overpopulation. From the 82, the competitors were whittled down to 24 semi-finalists who spoke to packed audiences on Friday on topics they had been given just 15 minutes before taking to the floor.

This new semi-final tested the knowledge and confidence of the competitors as they had four minutes to convince the audience on a range of topics. The atmosphere in the room was palpable, with supporters, staff, and other competitors cheering on all the speakers.

The finalists were Jeon Kang from the Republic of Korea, Germaine Chuabio from the Philippines, Luisa Cassar Pullicino from Malta, Sahil Sanjay Bhattad from India, Caleb Yaw Kudah from Ghana, and Xu Jiru from China.

The three judges for the grand final named Jeon Kang the winner, with Sahil Sanjay Bhattad from India the runner up.  Caleb Yaw Kudah from Ghana was given the audience choice award for his emotive speech “For the Love of Country”.

As has been the case for the last 30 years, this year’s 82 participants have made life-long friendships and learned what it means to be part of the global village

ESU-MAURITIUS was represented by Shaun Payen of College du St Esprit who confidently delivered a great speech entitled “Actions speak louder than words – I’m aware, are you?”  which was in line with this year’s theme “Words are not enough”.

In 2009, MrSebastien NgKuet Leong representing Mauritius won the International Public Speaking Competition.  This was the very first time a Mauritian has won this prestigious International competition.    Advik Goorah, our National winner for 2010, was amongst the six finalists.

ESU-Mauritius has once again showed that we have excellent participants in the art of public eloquence at international level.