Ajaye McDonald, aged 15, from Bishop Justus Church of England School, Bromley, was announced the winner of this year’s Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!, the world’s biggest youth speaking competition with over 18,000 young people taking part this year. He wowed a packed audience at the Grand Final held at the Piccadilly Theatre on Monday 4th July.
Now celebrating its tenth year, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! has delivered public speaking skills training to over 135,000 Year 10 pupils (aged 14 to 15) in front of an audience of over 900,000 people.
Ajaye spoke about ‘Living your best life’ and the challenges that people face on a daily basis, particularly living with a disability, outlining his own personal experience. On hearing that he had won Ajaye said; “Wooooooow, this has been amazing. I’d advise everyone to follow their dream no matter what!”
David Hoare, Chair of Ofsted and Chief Judge at the Grand Final said there was an “Incredibly high standard! Everyone one of them are winners…or should be!”
The judges this year included David Hoard, Chairman, Ofsted; Shami Chakrabarti, Human Rights Campaigner; Ben Haenow, X Factor Champion 2014; Charlotte Ross, Senior Deputy Editor, Evening Standard; Peter Norris, Chairman, The Virgin Group; Solomon Ian-Sangala, CEO, Attire X; Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra and Anna Gunstone, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Champion 2015.
For more information please visit the Speakout Challenge website.