15 May: Lorne Sulcas Crowned Division Champion

Posted by LP User on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Under: Contests
Two Oceans Toastmasters is proud to have had two members once again rise above the crowd this year and stand out as exceptional communicators in the International Speech and Evaluations contest.

Local business owner Francois Roux was crowned Best Speaker in the Area (Southern Suburbs) in April and went on to take third place at the Division Contest (Western Cape) in May. Fellow member and wild life photographer, Lorne Sulcas, not only took the honours as the Best Evaluator in the Area, he then went on to be placed First in the Western Cape and after that third place in Southern Africa.


Francois wowed the club with his moving speech ‘Joe The Obstacle Jumper,’ about his grandfather persevering against all odds. His speech on facing life’s obstacles and then ‘jumping’ them, saw him hurdle through the Area Contest in late April and land on the Western Cape Division Contest stage in May. There, he battled it out against the best of the best in the province and was thrilled to be placed in the top three speakers of 2013. This is the second year in a row that a Two Oceans member made it this far in the International Speech Contest. Last year Kay Price-Lindsay went on to represent Southern Africa in the semi-finals in Orlando, where she was placed joint 10th in the world.

Lorne Sulcas, a Clovelly resident and long time toastmaster, proved what it means to be a competent communicator, with a string of eloquent and outstanding evaluations of demo speeches. The evaluations part of Toastmasters is for members to learn how to give constructive and honest feedback. It is a huge part of the leadership skills that members work on to help grow their people and management skills. Lorne is one of the club’s best evaluators and this year made history by being the first member to ever be crowned the Best Evaluator in the Western Cape. He then took to the national stage in late May in Johannesburg and was placed third in Southern Africa – no small feat!

Photographs courtesy of Francois Roussouw

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Please Note:

District 74
means the 9 countries of Toastmasters Southern Africa (approximately 125 clubs)

Division D means Namibia & the Western Cape of South Africa (approximately 30 clubs)

Area D1 means the 4 Toastmasters clubs in Fish Hoek, Tokai, Claremont & Newlands 




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