Eamonn talks his way to national title

Launceston Church Grammar student Eamonn Shorter, 14, won the national speaking competition Rostrum Voice of Youth. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Launceston Church Grammar student Eamonn Shorter, 14, won the national speaking competition Rostrum Voice of Youth. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

NEWSTEAD teen Eamonn Shorter does not have much spare time.

In between learning and performing two instruments, preparing for drama performances and studying hard, the bright Launceston Church Grammar School student writes and recites speeches.

At the weekend he won the national public speaking competition, Rostrum Voice of Youth in Adelaide.

Eamonn, 14, performed the speech that won him the state gong and improvised his second speech.

‘‘I spoke about how disadvantaged people in our community have to pay a new $7 Medicare co-payment,’’ he said.

‘‘People like my grandmother have to pay more to be treated.’’

His second three-minute speech, prepared in 15 minutes, was about the need to advance from tradition and utilise technology.

‘‘In both the junior and senior events there was some stiff competition,’’  Eamonn said.

‘‘I was up against last year’s winner. I’m amazed at my achievements, but mum and dad and the state co-ordinator put a lot of effort in.’’

Eamonn spoke at last year’s Remembrance Day service in Launceston and said he loved using personal speeches or monologues in expressing himself.

The self-described ‘‘dramatic’’ person said he would now begin preparations for Legacy’s speaking competition.

He will continue to study hard.

‘‘I want to get a high ATAR so I can go into any path I choose, whether as a lawyer, musician in performing or composing or an actor,’’ he said.

Scotch Oakburn College student Sophie Jones also represented the state in Adelaide.

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