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Isaac wins prestigious public speaking award

Isaac celebrating with his sister Taylor, Mum Krystal and Dad Lochie. Photo contributed

Bourke’s Isaac Ford has won the prestigious Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition held at Scots College in Sydney.

Previous winners of the competition include former Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull, former NSW Premier Nick Greiner, Chief Justice of Australia Murray Gleeson, journalist Mungo McCallum, and TV personality Andrew O’Keefe.

17-year-old Isaac is in year 12 at St Ignatius College Riverview where he was selected as the one and only Riverview student to enter the competition to represent his school against students from the Great Public Schools (GPS) and Combined Associated Schools (CAS) in New South Wales.

Isaac spoke on the topic “The minority is always right - or so they think” and said that the competition was one of the hardest things he’d had to prepare for.

“It was very exciting to win – I must have done something right, and I took the trophy home,” Isaac said.

Speaking to Rod Corfe on 2WEB, Isaac said that his public speaking career had started at the CWA public speaking competitions in the old Bourke CWA Hall.

“That, and 2WEB, was where it all started,” Isaac said. “The radio station has well and truly contributed to my presentation skills.”

Isaac’s parents, who attended the competition, are understandably very proud of his achievements.

His dad, Lachlan Ford, said that the win was ‘an amazing result for a kid from the bush’.

“He spoke incredibly well, but there were lots of very impressive young people he was competing against,” Mr Ford said.

“To see how happy and proud he was in front of his friends and family was amazing, and to think that his name is on the same trophy as some very high-profile people is crazy.”

“And it was great to see all his mates their supporting him”. […]

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