Hudson wins at regional level

Hudson Meads has won the public speaking section of the regional Lions Youth of the Year contest. He is pictured with Lion Elizabeth Shields.
Hudson Meads has won the public speaking section of the regional Lions Youth of the Year contest. He is pictured with Lion Elizabeth Shields. Renee Pilcher

STANDING in front of a crowd and delivering an unprepared speech is enough to turn the most confident of people into a quivering mass of nerves.

But this is not the case for James Nash State High School captain Hudson Meads, who has excelled in this year's Lions Youth of the Year competition.

The Year 12 student competed in the recent regional level of the contest and won the public speaking award.

The success continued the student's solid run after earlier winning two public speaking awards and the overall winner award at the club level.

In the most recent round of competition, Hudson addressed topics such as alcohol-fuelled violence and its causes, in addition to the role social media plays and how life would be without it.

Judges listened as the James Nash student had two minutes in which to frame a response.

Any pressure Hudson may have felt was not obvious to the judges.

"I think about articles I may have read and past experiences," he said.

"If it is a topic I am really opinionated, it's much easier and very familiar."

Hudson shared a tactic well known amongst the politicians in Canberra.

"I try to delay a bit," he said. "It gives me a bit of time to gather my thoughts."

Gympie Lions Youth of the Year chairwoman and secretary Elizabeth Shields congratulated Hudson on his achievement.

"Each year the Lions Youth of the Year competition attracts a very high standard," she said.

Ms Shields said Hudson performed exceptionally well.

Meanwhile, Hudson encouraged other students to give Lions Youth of the Year a go.

"Just do it," he said. "Why not give it a go?"

Gympie Times

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