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Kirby Cup


Michael Kirby Speaking Competition
Win $1,000 and the Kirby Cup for a 5 minute speech!

If you think you’ve got the gift of gab, enter the 7th annual Justice Michael Kirby Plain Speaking Competition.

The Kirby Cup offers students of all experience levels a chance to test their public speaking skills in an environment that is both constructive and competitive.

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE:  Midnight, Friday 19 April 2013
ALL DIVISION HEATS:         10am-2pm Tuesday 30 April & Thursday 02 May, Manning Meeting Room 1(Manning House) 
GRAND FINAL:                      1pm Wednesday 15 May, Verge Gallery

In 2013 the USU will hold an Open Division (all students welcome to enter) and a separate English as a Second Language Division (open to students from non-English speaking backgrounds). Please note that English as a Second Language students may enter either division of the competition, but not both.
In each round, students will be judged on their delivery of two speeches: a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. Prepared speeches will be 4-5 minutes and are chosen by you from one of 4 topics:
1.       A narrow escape from trouble
2.       Lay down the law
3.       The short straw
4.       Stop in the name of love!

For the impromptu speeches, students will be given 5 minutes preparation time to deliver a 3 minute speech. Each heat has a different impromptu topic which will be announced on the day. International Students will only be asked to perform a prepared speech.

To register, download the Registration Form and email it to
Further information:

Registrations close Friday 19 April 2013.
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