DISTRICT 70 HUMOROUS SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS

Originally the "Parramatta Trophy", presented by Parramatta Club, 1972. Trophy replaced with a larger version by Parramatta Club in 1983 named "Gary Wilson - Parramatta Trophy" in honour of Gary Wilson, President of Parramatta in 1972 and initiator of District Humorous Speech Contest in 1972, District Governor 1982/83


2018 - Not held, as competitions were moved to the Annual Conference.


2017 - 1st - Mike Smith “100 Mistakes a Day” - Miranda Toastmasters, Area 23, Southern Division

2017 - 2nd - Maria Pedavoli "The Real Me" - Bossley Park Toastmasters, Area 35, Phillip Division

2017 - 3rd - Valeska Halpin - Gaelic Toastmasters, Area 33, Lachlan Division


2016 - 1st - Andrew Whelan “A Pom in Oz” - AS 86278 (Toast) Toastmasters, Area 16, Bradfield Division

2016 - 2nd - Nick Field “Top Banana” - Petersham Toastmasters, Area 31, Lachlan Division

2016 - 3rd - Matt Tonkiss "The Art of Seduction" - City Tattersalls Toastmasters, Area 4, Central Division


 L-R: Sarah Ewen, John Hughson, Albert Shen

L-R: Sarah Ewen, John Hughson, Albert Shen

2015 - 1st - John Hughson “Audience Etiquette” - Concord Yaralla Toastmasters, Area 6, Phillip Division

2015 - 2nd - Albert Shen “Acronyms” - Hurstville Weekend Toastmasters, Area 25, Southern Division

2015 - 3rd - Sarah Ewen - Australian Young Professionals Toastmasters, Area 12, Central Division


 L-R: Chris Davitt, David Klemm, Matt Tonkiss

L-R: Chris Davitt, David Klemm, Matt Tonkiss

2014 - 1st - David Klemm “Can’t Let Go” - Emcees Toastmasters, Area 24, Central Division

2014 - 2nd - Matt Tonkiss "WWJBD (What Would James Bond Do)" - Stage Time! Toastmasters, Area 20, Phillip Division

2014 - 3rd - Chris Davitt “Which Bank?” - Mosman Toastmasters, Area 19, Hawkesbury Division


 L-R: Albert Shen, Chris Davitt, Maria Pedavoli

L-R: Albert Shen, Chris Davitt, Maria Pedavoli

2013 - 1st - Chris Davitt “3 Doves” - Mosman Toastmasters, Area 19, Hawkesbury Division

2013 - 2nd - Maria Pedavoli "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" - Stage Time! Toastmasters, Area 20, Phillip Division

2013 - 3rd - Albert Shen “I Love My GPS” - Hurstville Weekend Toastmasters, Area 9, Southern Division


 L-R: Greg Kennedy, Allan Davies, Rob Palmer

L-R: Greg Kennedy, Allan Davies, Rob Palmer

2012 - 1st - Allan Davies “Dumb Questions” - Quakers Hill Toastmasters, Area 28, Western Division

2012 - 2nd - Greg Kennedy “Quack Quack” - Miranda Toastmasters, Area 42, Southern Division

2012 - 3rd - Rob Palmer “Crazy About Cricket” - Diggers at the Entrance Toastmasters, Area 24, Eastern Division


 L-R: Dale Rees-Bevan, Nick Proctor, Mathi Natarajan

L-R: Dale Rees-Bevan, Nick Proctor, Mathi Natarajan

2011 - 1st - Dale Rees-Bevan “Country Charm” - Dural Toastmasters, Area 37, Western Division

2011 - 2nd - Nick Proctor “The Great Mystery” - Balgowlah RSL Toastmasters, Area 22, Hawkesbury Division

2011 - 3rd - Mathi Natarajan “Skydiving” - UNSW Professional Speakers Toastmasters, Area 24, Central Division


 L-R: Ian Small, Tarek Said, Michael Gallagher

L-R: Ian Small, Tarek Said, Michael Gallagher

2010 - 1st - Ian Small "The Most Dangerous Creature" - Hornsby District Toastmasters, Area 16, Hawkesbury Division

2010 - 2nd - Tarek Said "Where is Your Accent From?" - Aust. Young Professionals Toastmasters, Area 46, Central Division

2010 - 3rd - Michael Gallagher "Grandad’s Braces" - Coffs Harbour Toastmasters, Area 29, Northern Division


2009 - 1st - David Griffiths “The First Date” - Parramatta Toastmasters, Area 13, Western Division

2009 - 2nd - James Baker - Helensburg District Toastmasters, Area 42, Southern Division

2009 - 3rd - Dale Rees-Bevan “Mind Your Language” - Mosman Toastmasters, Area 19, Hawkesbury Division


 L-R: James Baker, Maurice Lane, Tom Wilde

L-R: James Baker, Maurice Lane, Tom Wilde

2008 - 1st - James Baker "I'm a Judge" - Helensberg & District Toastmasters, Area 42, Southern Division

2008 - 2nd - Maurice Lane - Coffs Harbour Toastmasters, Area 29, Northern Division

2008 - 3rd - Tom Wilde “You’re Going to do What?” - Hunter Gourmet Toastmasters, Area 23, Eastern Division


 L-R: Wikrom Tang, Philip Devine, David Campbell

L-R: Wikrom Tang, Philip Devine, David Campbell

2007 - 1st - Wikrom Tang “Toastmasters Direct” - Parramatta Toastmasters, Area 13, Western Division

2007 - 2nd - Philip Devine - Leichhardt Toastmasters, Area 31, Phillip Division

2007 - 3rd - David Campbell, Kippax Clique Toastmasters, Area 17, Monaro Division


2006 - 1st - Michael Oxman “Give It All Away” - U3A Toastmasters, Area 3, Southern Division

2006 - 2nd - John Colebatch “The Structure of a Speech” - The Hills District Toastmasters, Area 37, Western Division

2006 - 3rd - Julie Fitzgerald, Immigration Toastmasters, Area 17, Monaro Division


2005 - 1st - David Klemm “Man of Means” - Emcees Toastmasters, Area 24, Central Division


 L-R: Reg Stewart, Cheryl Keane, Michael Oxman, Megan Ash, John O’Donnell, Nick Rinaldi

L-R: Reg Stewart, Cheryl Keane, Michael Oxman, Megan Ash, John O’Donnell, Nick Rinaldi

2004 - 1st - John O'Donnell - St Clair Toastmasters, Area 28, Western Division

2004 - 2nd - Megan Ash - Chatswood Communicators, Area 34, Hawkesbury Division

2004 - 3rd - Michael Oxman “It’s All a Lie” - Wollongong Toastmasters, Area 3, Southern Division


2003 - 1st - Peter Meier - Chatswood Communicators Toastmasters, Area 34, Hawkesbury Division

2003 - 2nd - Stewart Dowe “What Is It About Traffic Lights?” - Tamworth Toastmasters, Area 18, Northern Division

2003 - 3rd - Louise Christie - Weigall Toastmasters, Area 36, Central Division


2002 - 1st - Beryl Walker - Belmont Toastmasters, Area 23, Eastern Division

2002 - 2nd - John O’Donnell - St Clair Toastmasters, Area 28, Western Division

2002 - 3rd - Peter Meier - Chatswood Communicators Toastmasters, Area 34, Hawkesbury Division


2001 - 1st - Peter Bell - Forest Toastmasters, Area 8, Hawkesbury Division

2001 - 2nd - John Colebatch “Bruiser” - The Hills District Toastmasters, Area 37, Western Division

2001 - 3rd - Toni MacLaughlin - Botany Bay Toastmasters, Area 9, Southern Division


2000 - 1st - Penny Armytage - Pennant Toastmasters, Area 37, Western Division

2000 - 2nd - Heather Walsh - City of Light Toastmasters, Area 18, Northern Division

2000 - 3rd - Mary Doherty - Gosford City Toastmasters, Area 21, Eastern Division


1999 - 1st - Paul Standing “Hot Water” - Alpha Toastmasters, Area 23, Eastern Division

1999 - 2nd - Paul Rigney “The Republic” - Acemasters Toastmasters, Area 33, Phillip Division

1999 - 3rd - Andrew Robertson “If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now” - The Hills District Toastmasters, Area 37, Western Division


1998 - 1st - Greg Dubler - Dee Why RSL Toastmasters, Area 8, Hawkesbury Division

1998 - 2nd - Ivor Edwards - St Clair Toastmasters, Area 28, Western Division

1998 - 3rd - Anne Nichols, Central Division


1997 - 1st - Marjorie Rosier - Cronulla Toastmasters, Area 2, Southern Division

1997 - 2nd - Tracey Lewis

1997 - 3rd - Hersh Tuvel


1996 - 1st - Ivor Edwards - St Clair Toastmasters, Area 28, Western Division

1996 - 2nd - Sally D’Innella, Phillip Division

1996 - Ross Clennett, Central Division


1995 - 1st - David Funk - Berowra RSL Toastmasters, Area 16, Hawkesbury Division

1995 - 2nd - Zeta Bishkov, Northern Division

1995 - 3rd - Ross Clennett, Central Division


1994 - 1st - Ian Ibbett - Bennelong Toastmasters, Area 1, Central Division


1993 - 1st - Bill Boshier - Lithgow & District Toastmasters, Area 14, Western Division


1992 - 1st - Brian 'Hap' Hannan - Balmain Toastmasters, Area 31, Western Division

1992 - 2nd - Tony Burke - Illawarra Young Communicators Toastmasters, Southern Division

Now a federal politician for the seat of Watson in NSW since 2004

1992 - 3rd - Ross Fitzell, Monaro Division


1991 - 1st - Kerry Dowling - Bankstown Sports Toastmasters, Area 20, Southern Division


1990 - 1st - Geoff Barker “Stick With It” - Gunnedah Toastmasters, Area 18, Northern Division


1989 - 1st - Peter Anicich - Mosman Toastmasters, Area 10, Hawkesbury Division


1988 - 1st - George Sloan - Weston Creek Toastmasters, Area 7, Monaro Division


1987 - 1st - Garnet Meekings - Canturbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Toastmasters, Area 6, Western Division

First time contest was held at the Semi-Annual Conference


1987 - 1st - Steve Craig - Oatley RSL Toastmasters, Area 9, Southern Division


1986 - 1st - Peter Fortune - Mosman Toastmasters, Area 10, Central Division


1985 - 1st - Helen Storey - Cronulla Toastmasters, Area 2, Southern Division

1985 - 2nd - Martin Grunstein, Central Division


1984 - 1st - John Rantzen - P.W. Toastmasters, Area 12, Central Division


1983 - 1st - Alan Paterson - Coffs Harbour Toastmasters, Area 5, Northern Division

1983 - 2nd - Joyce Campion, Southern Division

1983 - 3rd - Chris Brennan, Western Division


1982 - 1st - Helen Storey - Cronulla Toastmasters, Area 2, Southern Division


1981 - 1st - Peter Fortune - Mosman Toastmasters, Area 210, Northern Division


1980 - 1st - Peter Bell - Forest Toastmasters, Area 210, Northern Division


1979 - 1st - Peter Scott - Cronulla Toastmasters, Area 202, Southern Division


1978 - 1st - Bill English “British Union Shop Steward” - Harbord Diggers Toastmasters, Area 208, Northern Division

1978 - 2nd - Chris Cunliffe-Jones, Parramatta Toastmasters, Area 4, Western Division


1977 - 1st - Bill Campbell, Oatley RSL Toastmasters, Area 209, Southern Division


1976 - 1st - Alf Tasker, Melbourne Toastmasters, Area 301, Southern States


1975 - 1st - Bob Davis, The Hills District Toastmasters, Area 204, Southern NSW


1974 - 1st - Don Davidson, Yarra Valley Toastmasters, Area 302, Southern States


1973 - 1st - E.J. Jacobsen, Harbord Diggers Toastmasters, Area 208, Northern NSW


1972 - 1st - John Barrett, Harbord Diggers Toastmasters, Area 208, Northern NSW