Ainger Award for Public Speaking open to Secondary Schools
(Commenced 1991)


Ern Ainger was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Richmond who valued, in himself and others, the art of effective communication. The award is now in its second decade, and open to secondary school students from most schools in the Metropolitan Area.

The Award gives contestants the right to speak on any matter they choose, inside four minutes. Preparation, personality, projection and individuality are to be emphasised rather than quick-witted debating skills. Many schools have taken up “Effective Speaking” which has different aims and objectives to debating, but is equally important in developing the vital skills of communication.

Each year, Don Kinsey and his wife, Margot have made themselves available on request to speak to participating schools about this vital topic.

Approximately one hundred students from 40 schools speak at the four heats held at the NHP Electrical Products Conference Centre through the kind assistance of Rotarian Nigel Peck. At the final, held at Amora Riverwalk Hotel, ten students are chosen to speak, and valuable prizes are offered both heat winners, and, at the final when the first three are chosen.

2008 Winners at the Grand Final 

First Prize: Mark Kowalyov, Melbourne Boys' High School
Second Prize: Chris Weinberg, Trinity Grammar School
Third Prize: Jack Fotheringham, Melbourne Boys' High School
Encouragement Award: Caitlin McInnis, Macrobertson Girls' High School

Download PDF for Results and further information
Download 2007 Entry Form
Download 2007 Contestants Briefing Notes

For more information contact Rotarian Ben Hosking, (H) 9499 2280, or

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