Andrew P BennettAndrew Bennett, DTM

Table Topics 2020/21 Contest Winner

I would recommend participating in our Toastmasters Speech Contests to everyone. They are a great way of practising existing speaking skills and extending them. It is always good to relish a challenge and our contests are fun!

About a year ago Toastmaster Nick Westall at Excalibur asked me what I wanted to do next at Toastmasters, having been a member for some years. I surprised myself by replying that I would like to tackle the Table Topics Contest next autumn.

I hadn’t competed at all for quite some time as accident and illness meant I couldn’t attend my in-person club meetings. The move to online meetings opened the door for me to participate in Toastmasters again, but I could not have realised that a contest I entered for enjoyment and a bit of a challenge would lead to a District title!

No-one was more amazed than me when District Chief Judge Neil Coleman revealed the result. You can never truly assess your own performance. You are ‘living in the moment’ and focusing on that topic.

The support of my clubs was fantastic throughout. There were so many great messages too from Toastmasters whom I don’t personally know, but who wanted to connect, having watched me in the contests.

The next time your club announces a contest I encourage you to sign up and join in!

Year Contest Winner Club Division
2020/21 Andrew Bennett Experience French L
2020 Chris Murphy Tunbridge Wells Speakers H
2019 Chris Boden Maidenhead Speakers J
2017 Mark Hanly Early Birds Speakers C
2016 Andrew Klimaytys Riverside Communicators B
2015 David T. Jones Holborn Speakers L
Year Contest Winner Club
2013 David T. Jones Holborn Speakers
2012 David T. Jones Excalibur Speakers
2011 James McGinty Chelmsford Speakers
2010 David T. Jones Excalibur Speakers
2009 Kevin Walsh Fermoy Toastmasters Club
2008 David T. Jones London Olympians
2007 John Kelly Thurles Toastmasters Club
2006 Patrick Sexton Speakeasy, Cork
2005 Sheila Merriman North Norfolk Speakers
2004 David T. Jones London Olympians
2003 Paul Carroll London Athenians
2002 Bill Russell London Corinthians
2001 Bob Harvey Bromley Speakers
2000 Alan Warner London Corinthians
1999 Bill Russell London Corinthians
1998 John Cronin Lucan Club
1997 Helen Heneghan Society Speakers
1996 Patrick Sexton Speakeasy, Cork
1995 William Horwood Oxford Speakers