A HARROW student was pipped to a place in a national public speaking final after winning a series of heats.

Muska Nizami, of Hawkins Close, Harrow, was part of a team that topped local, zone and district heats to make it to the regional finals, but the team of three were unable to make it all the way to the National Rotary Youth Speaks final after being knocked out of the regional heats on Saturday.

Muska, 18, was joined by fellow Uxbridge college students, Sabhya Khan, 16, and Ismaila Ngum, 17, as they brushed aside top schools and colleges on the subject 'slang: backward or revolutionary?

Although they failed to make the final hurdle, Laraine Smith, principal of Uxbridge College, said: "I am so proud of these students and the way they continued to defeat such incredibly tough opponents.

"The National Rotary Youth Speaks competition is not only a terrific opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and express themselves, but for us to be part of the great work they do the community."

Each year, almost 2,000 teams enter the competition although it comes to an end in May.