One of my favourite quotes is “There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream” – Shelley K. Wall
At the age of 17, about to embark on life, an accident, shattered my bones, it shattered my ambitions, it shattered my ability to run after anything or so I thought.
Today, I feel privileged to say that I am an award-winning speaker. I have contested six Toastmasters New Zealand Speaking Finals in Impromptu, Humorous and International Speech contests, attaining two 3rd places and winning the coveted International Speech Contest in 2012. This enabled me to represent Toastmasters New Zealand in the 2012 Toastmasters International Semi Finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking in Orlando, Florida, USA. This was a great honour and thrilled me.
Other significant roles have included helping many others to achieve their goals and perform at their best. I have been fortunate to be selected to be an International Speech Contest Chairman, International Speech Contest Judge and Evaluation Contest “Test Speaker” for New Zealand contests.
I will be Master of Ceremonies for the Toastmasters New Zealand District 72 Conference attracting over 170 delegates to be held over 3 days in May 2019 in Dunedin.