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Jeon Kang from the Republic of Korea has won the 30th International Public Speaking Competition.
Semi Finalist list
IPSC 2011 video
With his speech "Umm...I can't teach?!", Jeon wowed the audience and judges Bilal Mahmood, Lucy Hockings and Andy Russell, at the grand final at HSBC Headquarters in Canary Wharf.
Jeon competed against 81 other national winners in the two-day competition.
After a week of entertainment, training, and cultural exchange, the competition began on Thursday with all 82 competitors delivering their speeches in eight heats in Dartmouth House, and our neighbours the Chesterfield Hotel. The speeches all centred round the theme of the year "words are not enough", with competitors from all over the world speaking up for the need to take action on global issues such as climate change, political oppression and overpopulation. From the 82, the competitors were whittled down to 24 semi-finalists who spoke to packed audiences on Friday on topics they had been given just 15 minutes before taking to the floor.
This new semi-final tested the knowledge and confidence of the competitors as they had four minutes to convince the audience on a range of topics. The atmosphere in the room was palpable, with supporters, staff, and other competitors cheering on all the speakers.
The finalists, Jeon Kang, Germaine Chuabio from the Philippines, Luisa Cassar Pullicino from Malta, Sahil Sanjay Bhattad from India, Caleb Yaw Kudah from Ghana, and Xu Jiru from China, headed with their supporters to HSBC headquarters, where they delivered their original speeches.
After many decisions made by nearly 30 judges over the over the two days of competition, the three judges for the grand final named Jeon the winner, with Sahil Sanjay Bhattad from India the runner up.
Caleb Yaw Kudah from Ghana was given the audience choice award for his emotive speech "For the Love of Country".
As has been the case for the last 30 years, this year's 81 participants have made life-long friendships, learned what it means to be part of the global village and were an absolute pleasure to look after. We’d like to thank the national organisers, the tour guides and teachers at Hampton Court Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Fortune Theatre, and HSBC for sponsoring the competition. See you for the 31st competition in 2012!
Hanna Tu - Belgium
Jonida Ndreu - Albania
Sahil Sanjay Bhattad - India
Shane Chandra - Australia
Erin Singer - Canada
Fernando Imparato - Argentina
Gaston Bruna - Chile
Caleb Yaw Kudah - Ghana
Xu Jiru - China
Chan Chor Kit John - Hong Kong
Sam Ward - England & Wales
Maria Silvia Martinson - Estonia
Aydin Celebi - Turkey
Sondre Barkli - Norway
Natalia Lungu - Moldova
Jeon Wook Kang - South Korea
Ahmad Nawaz - Pakistan
Germaine Chuabio - Philippines
Nathaniel Measias Zacharias - Malaysia
Philip Songkran Upton - Thailand
Luisa Cassar Pullicino - Malta
Mohammed Ali Haiderah Al-Jabri - Yemen
Rime El Atlassi - Morocco
Ioana Roxana Oltean - Romania
By Rita Mesquita Remédio from Portugal