One of the most eagerly anticipated competitions in the diary of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) took place at the weekend. ((Sun, Jan 19th))
This year’s County Public Speaking & Sports Day was held at Harrogate High School, with many youngsters leaving home in the morning before it was light and travelling back in the dark after a very long day of competition.
In the sport, Harrogate district swept the board – taking the wins in all three categories of ladies’ netball, junior kwik cricket and men’s five-a-side football.
Members from Craven district were very strong in the public speaking, taking the Yorkshire Post Trophy for the highest overall marks in the competition.
Teams from the South West district took first and runners-up honours in the junior reading competition. Harrogate district took top place on the overall junior public speaking scoresheet.
For the intermediate age group, Harrogate district won the ‘call my bluff’ competition. The senior debate was won by a team from Craven district.
Jacob Ryder, from Harrogate district, won the junior member of the year competition, with the senior title going to Rachel Goldie, from Cledales district.
Just a handful of points separated sisters Lizzie and Anna Elgie, both of Boroughbridge Young Farmers’ Club, in the situations vacant competition. But in the end, after level-pegging for most of the challenges, Lizzie managed to take the win.
Alistair Wilkinson, from Ryedale district, won the ten minute speech with a humorous talk on how much money his initial £30 YFC membership had led to him spending, what with nights out, skiing trips, a girlfriend from a neighbouring club and … a baby!
County Sports was kindly sponsored by Hollings, Crowe Storr LLP and all the Public Speaking Competitions were kindly sponsored by Harrowells Solicitors.
Winners of many of the competitions, will go forward to the Northern Area Weekend, hosted by Lancashire Federation YFC, on the weekend of 29th February and 1st March 2020. From here, those who are victorious will go on to the prestigious national finals.Rachel Goldie, of Cledales district, receiving the Senior Member of the Year trophy from County President Dave Scruton