Breaking News From Toastmasters International Convention in Palm Desert, California

Aussie pandemonium and excitement reigned at the Toastmasters International Convention in Palm Desert, California this morning (Perth Time) when the District 73 contestant in the International Speech Contest Semi Final, Linus Chang, was announced the winner.

Leiutenant Governor Education & Training West, Mark Richards, called screaming “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi” down the phone, almost deafening his wife in the process.

When the announcement was made, the District 73 attendees stormed the stage with congratulations and well wishes for Linus. Mark says the Aussies have gained many supporters from other Districts and even some of them wanted to get into the merrymaking on the stage.

To add to this excitement, Robin Grieve from District 72 (New Zealand) won his Semi Final. This means that two representatives from our Region 12 will be competing for the World Championship of Public Speaking.

Linus and Robin will now compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday morning (US time). I know I speak for every member of District 73 here in Western Australia as I wish Linus the very best of “Aussie Luck” when he represents us all for the final time. Next year, if Western Australian Toastmasters can have at least 60 clubs with 20 members per club, we will be sending our very own representative to compete in this contest.

Stay tuned for further updates as the Convention continues in Palm Desert, California, USA.

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Robyn Richards DTM
Western Division Governor

One Response to “Breaking News From Toastmasters International Convention in Palm Desert, California”

  1. Avatar for Sandra Morton Sandra Morton says:

    Linus gave a great speech. He spoke last and when he finished the guys sitting in front of me turned around and said he would win, even before the results were announced and he did.

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