Speaking out about instability

Published on 02 November 2017

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The City of Swan has wrapped up its ninth annual Youth Out Loud public speaking contest.

The overall winner of the contest was Guildford Grammar student Zachary Matthews, who was presented with the Charlie Gregorini Memorial Shield.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said 30 young people from across the City, ranging from ages 12 to 25, took part in this year’s event.

“Youth Out Loud is a great example of the City’s commitment toward supporting our young generation, providing them with a platform to discuss important community issues,” he said.

“Each year, we invite Councillors and politicians to attend the event, where they have the opportunity to hear the thoughts, concerns and ideas young people raise on behalf of our community.”

This year’s theme was instability, and competitors were encouraged to speak about their views on the community, their own personal relationships, and what they deemed as stable and unstable in their own lives.

Senior category winner Claudia Wade-Garcia spoke out about eating disorders, mental health and family relationships.

First Herne Hill Scout Group’s Jonathan Rose, who took out the top spot in the junior category, spoke about the personal skills and support networks that can be developed through scout groups.

Master category winner Yosef Asresse encouraged his audience to surround themselves with people who are going to motivate and provide them with stability.

City of Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey said this year’s Youth Out Loud winners will be the next generation of leaders.

“The young speakers spoke very passionately on a diverse range of topics, and had many fantastic ideas that have the potential to be implemented,” he said.

“Youth Power, a local youth leadership group, will take on board some of the ideas raised by competitors and will explore ways to make them happen.”

The award winners for the evening were:


1st place: Jonathan Rose, 1st Herne Hill Scouts      

2nd place: Jack Blackwood, Guildford Grammar School

3rd place: William Bromage, Guildford Grammar School



1st place: Zachary Matthews, Guildford Grammar School

2nd place: Shine Saju, Guildford Grammar School

3rd place: Benjamin Bozich, Guildford Grammar School



1st place: Claudia Wade-Garcia, Swan City Youth Service Inc.

2nd place: Henry van de Wall Bake, Guildford Grammar School

3rd place: Damian Sakellaris, Guildford Grammar School



1st place: Yosef Asresse, Independent Candidate

2nd place: Judy Pham, Independent Candidate


For more information about Youth Out Loud, or to get involved next year, click here