Speech & Leadership Contest
The event was inaugurated in Western Australia in 1968 as a speech contest for senior High school students. Subsequently, it attracted the interest of the former State Governor and Chief Justice, Sir Francis Burt who became personally involved. He was a very keen supporter of the contest to the extent that he consented to his patronage as outlined below.
The original speech contest had two purposes:
- to encourage among young people a high standard in the command and use of English, the common working language and one of the great assets of the Commonwealth of Nations,
- to encourage young people to become more informed about the Commonwealth and its people.
Later, in the 1970s, the contest was extended to include a search for leadership qualities and this dual purpose, to the best of the Society’s knowledge, renders the contest unique and led to the patronage consent by the late Sir Francis Burt.
Venue for the Contest
Unless otherwise advertised the venue for the adjudications and interviews will be in the rooms adjacent to the RCS WA Branch offices in the administration building at the RAAF Association, Air Force Memorial Estate, Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek, WA.
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To date, all applicants have been accepted, and as many sessions as necessary are conducted to achieve six finalists and a reserve, from which a winner is selected.