Yvie wins Speak for Faith Competition with compelling speech
22 August 2023
institutions (including the Church) has denied women full participation in important decisions that impact them.’
‘This topic is particularly relevant to Catholics today as both the Plenary Council and the Bishop’s Synod are actively considering the role of women in the Church, and it caught my eye because I am passionate about women’s rights and thought it was something that the audience might find interesting too. I mentioned in my speech that critically considering new ways that women can be involved will make the Church stronger and more resilient.’
Yvie thanked her teacher, Ms Turner and her parents for their unwavering support in preparing for the competition.
She said that despite her previous involvement in other public speaking and debating competitions the Speak for Faith competition had attracted some of the ‘highest calibre of speakers’ she had competed against.
‘I was amazed by the amount of preparation and the eloquence of the speakers, and there was a great, supportive spirit in the room. I would encourage anyone considering entering this competition to step forward because it has taught me some great skills and allowed me to meet some awesome people,’ Yvie added.
Corpus Christi student, Declan finished second whilst Seton’s Elizabeth finished third. Each received a medallion and a cheque from the sponsor, The Catenian Association of WA.