The Grand Finale of Speech Olympiad IX was held successfully at the Civil Auditorium on August 19. This most anticipated intra university speech contest of Moratuwa University is organized by the Gavel Club of the university, an affiliate of Toastmasters International which was established with the aim of improving the communication and leadership skills of the undergraduates in the University. The Moratuwa University vice chancellor presided over the event while the deputy vice chancellor attended as a guest of honor of the evening.
‘Speech Olympiad IX for the MillenniumIT Challenge Shield’ was the ninth installation of the competition since its inception in 2007. Maintaining a persistent link with the Toastmasters’ Fraternity of District 82 under the patronage of the club’s counselor, distinguished Toastmaster Zameen M Saleem, the club organized its flagship event Speech Olympiad IX –Voice it out for exploring the oratory skills of the undergraduates.
While the past competitions have discovered number of winners in the Inter-University Best Speaker Contest and the All Island Best Speaker Contest, this year, the event emerged eight years strong and as one of the grandest endeavors of the University calendar.
A group of eminent Toastmasters acted as the judges since the preliminary rounds and the judge board of the Grand Finale was led by DTM Srianthie Salgado who has been a dedicated supporter to the event since the beginning.
As finalists, Sandaru Suranjaya (Electrical Engineering Department), Samadhi Poornima (Computer Science and Engineering Department), Sandaru Senevirathne (2014 Batch- Engineering Faculty), Samavath Mallawarachchi (Chemical and Process Engineering Department) and Ama Kalpani (2014 Batch- Engineering Faculty) awed the audience with both prepared and impromptu speeches. Their captivating performances enthralled undergraduates of Moratuwa University and invited universities, corporates and parents who claimed they were lucky to have witnessed such talent.
Samadhi Poornima emerged as the winner after a truly inspiring speech in the prepared speech session and also arguably one of the best impromptu speeches in the competition’s history. The pursuit of the title for the ‘most popular speaker’ created a buzz among the competitors and their numerous supporters within and outside the university. This much sought after title was awarded to Sandaru Suranjaya who was also the first runner up while Samavath Mallawarachchi emerged as the second runner up.
Several weeks of untiring efforts led by the president of the club Vibhanu Arachchige and the two project chairs Timal Mohan and Merl Chandana culminated in an event of unprecedented grandeur. They were constantly supported by all the present and past members of the club. MillenniumIT, which is a leading innovative trading technology business whose systems are used by exchange businesses around the world, acted as the strategic partner of the event.