World Championship of Public Speaking

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The World Championship of Public Speaking began in 1938 and has grown to over 30,000 participants in 141 countries in 2018. In its early decades, it was referred to as the Toastmasters Speech Contest.[1] By the 1990s, there were about 10,000 participants every year.[2] The contest's popularity grew rapidly in the 2000s.[3] The contest has been called the "largest speech contest in the world" by Daijiworld.[4]

History[edit]

2014 champion Dananjaya Hettiarachchi of Sri Lanka was the first Asian to win the championship.[5][relevant? ]

Year Name From
2019 Aaron Beverly[6] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2018 Ramona J. Smith Chicago, Illinois
2017 Manoj Vasudevan Singapore
2016 Darren Tay Singapore
2015 Mohammed Abdullah Qahtani Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
2014 Dananjaya Hettiarachchi Nawala Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka
2013 Presiyan Vasilev Chicago, Illinois
2012 Ryan Avery Portland, Oregon
2011 Jock Elliott Bongaree, QLD, Australia
2010 David Henderson San Antonio, Texas
2009 Mark Hunter Albany Creek, QLD, Australia
2008 LaShunda Rundles Dallas, Texas
2007 Vikas Jhingran Cambridge, Massachusetts
2006 Edward Hearn Chicago, Illinois
2005 Lance Miller Glendale, California
2004 Randy Harvey Sherwood, Oregon
2003 Jim Key Rowlett, Texas
2002 Dwayne Smith Decatur, Georgia
2001 Darren LaCroix Auburn, Massachusetts
2000 Ed Tate Aurora, Colorado
1999 Craig Valentine Ellicott City, Maryland
1998 Brett Rutledge Auckland, New Zealand
1997 Willie Jones Honolulu, Hawaii
1996 David Nottage Auckland, New Zealand
1995 Mark Brown Mount Vernon, New York
1994 Morgan McArthur Idaho Falls, Idaho
1993 Otis Williams Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio
1992 Dana LaMon Lancaster, California
1991 David Ross Norman, Oklahoma
1990 David Brooks Austin, Texas
1989 Don Johnson Torrance, California
1988 Jerry Starke Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1987 Harold Patterson Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1986 M. Arabella Bengson Islington, Ont., Canada
1985 Marie C. Pyne Ireland
1984 Joe Boyd Bellingham, Washington
1983 Roy Fenstermaker Downey, California
1982 Kenneth Bernard Australia
1981 Jim Joelson Reno, Nevada
1980 Jeff Young Los Angeles, California
1979 Dick Caldwell Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1978 Michael Aun II Lexington, South Carolina
1977 Evelyn Jane Burgay Springfield, Virginia
1976 William Johnson Aberdeen, Maryland
1975 Andy McKay Rochester, New York
1974 Bennie Powell Los Angeles, California
1973 Charles W. Stewart San Antonio, Texas
1972 Rudy Valle Canoga Park, California
1971 Bert Angus Transcona, Manitoba, Canada
1970 Stephen D. Boyd
1969 Dennis Mangers Delano, California
1968 Grant R. Sheehan Washington, D.C.
1967 Dale Smith Goshen, Indiana
1966 Michael Yaconelli San Diego, California
1965 John L. Nydegger Lewiston, Idaho
1964 Anthony C.L. Bishop Northridge, California
1963 Larry Beitel Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1962 Robert Garton Columbus, Indiana
1961 John J. Carver Seattle, Washington
1960 Glenn E. Carroll Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
1959 Dean F. Berkeley Bloomington, Indiana
1958 Edmund Shire
1957 Charles Jones Fort Smith, Arkansas
1956 David Holmes Jr. Toledo, Ohio
1955 Charles W. Bryant Tacoma, Washington
1954 Herbert Thompson Wood River, Illinois
1953 Theodore B. Furlow Long Beach, California
1952 George W. Armstrong Omaha, Nebraska
1951 Albert Green, Jr. Seattle, Washington
1950 Charles Hilton Mason City, Iowa
1949 Dalton McAllister Fort Wayne, Indiana
1948 Robert Dellwo Spokane, Washington
1947 Douglas Sherwin Clearlake, Iowa
1946 Thor Myhre Spokane, Washington
1945 NO CONVENTION
1944 NO CONVENTION
1943 Llyod Prante
1942 Cavett Robert Phoenix, Arizona
1941 John McInnis
1940 David MacFarlane Santa Monica, California
1939 William Roberts Huntington Park, California
1938 Henry Wiens Reedley, California

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toastmasters Speech Contest Begins in Boston Tomorrow (A 1)". Boston Globe. 23 March 1958. ProQuest 845465194.
  2. ^ Santos, Jenny Delos (23 June 2017). "Hawaii News Maui orator gets set to enter Toastmasters championship". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ Blake, John (14 October 2016). "Stop texting and start speaking: The Olympians of storytelling show you how". CNN. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Mangalurean advances in the world's largest speech contest in USA". Daijiworld. July 9, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  5. ^ "WORLD CHAMPION OF PUBLIC SPEAKING TO VISIT BAHRAIN". Daily Tribune. 22 October 2014. ProQuest 1615139200.
  6. ^ https://www.toastmasters.org/events/2019-international-convention/2019-world-championship-of-public-speaking#faqTop

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