Mt Sheridan members swept the winning pool today at the inaugural ‘I Love Cairns’ Speech competition. Celia Berrell demonstrated her wordsmithing prowess with her highly polished and eloquently crafted speech expounding the virtues of how Cairns provides the best of both worlds – a safe haven as well as a hotbed for thrill seekers. Following close on her heels was Rod Sheather’s wonderfully entertaining speech embellishing on how he loved Cairns, not for its long legged women but for its gelato – more specifically the gelato one can savour on the Esplanade amongst the swarms of people taking simple pleasure in simple activities. Congratulations to both of these winners and many thanks also to Nicky Jurd for a splendid job chairing the competition, Kaj Haffenden and John Lizzio for a great job on audio and recording the event.

The ‘I Love Cairns’ speech competition this year was made possible by the financial support given by the Regional Council and Splash and the energy and effort put in by David Burston Northern Division Governor and an inter-area committee comprised of Pauline Douglas, Bronwen Forster, Nicky Jurd, Kaj Haffenden, John Lizzio, Anne McKinnon and Jill Morris. Next year we have no doubt the competition will be even bigger and better.