Gavel’s Intra-Gavel Tournament

The Gavel Club recently held their annual Intra-gavel tournament for the academic year 2021/2022 on the 17th and the 24th of October. Instead of their weekly meetings, the tournament was held on the respective Friday afternoons, with their club members in attendance, both as competitors and spectators.

Club members themselves volunteered to fill in roles such as timers and ah counters as well as contest chairs; we certainly get things done together as a club. Our Club counsellor and Coach, District Toastmaster Dinuk Silva was the judge of the tournament.

The first round of the competition was the Intermediate Category for students in between Year 8 and Year 10. The 12 contestants were given a limit of 5 – 7 minutes to speak on a topic of their choice. We saw some riveting deliveries on topics ranging from “Forget about Freedom” to “Why you should believe in yourself” as well as heart-warming speeches about “My wonderful dog” and questioning us on “Is it time to give up?”.

The senior category of the tournament was held the following week, with six contestants from Year 11 to Year 13.  The session was an absolutely engaging hour, with speeches with profound messages and well-rounded deliveries that had our attention till the final word. We had sentiments on the struggles of being a “Chameleon” as well as a mini lesson in science and history with “The age of the Anthropocene”.

We must give our multitalented speakers a mention here; we had a gorgeous rendition of Yohani’s “Menike Mage Hithe” as well as some very smooth card tricks. The audience was also given some much needed insight into popular characters such as Malala Yousufzai and Connor McGregor – we certainly got to hear more about the girl who fights for women’s education and the man who fights for a living.

Last but not least, with much trial and tribulation, the winners were selected.

Intermediate Category
  • Winner – Bhupesh Selvanayagam
  • 1st runner up – Hesanya Premaratne
  • 2nd runner up – Mukarram Jameel
Senior Category
  • Winner – Chiran Premaratne
  • 1st runner up – Amaya Perera
  • 2nd runner up – Yashan Perera

We’d like to congratulate all our winners and all the contestants for their amazing work. Moreover, we’d like to commend the five new members who spoke at the tournament for the first time, as well as speaking for the first time in public at this occasion; kudos to you.

We are delighted at the turnout for the tournament this year and cannot wait to see what next year brings for the club and from our amazing members.

- Amaya Perera and Chiran Premaratne