EMPATHISING with the London rioters and how the Olympics can benefit young people were just two of the hard hitting topics put forward by young people in this year's Youth Speaks competition.

The 11 teams in the intermediates and four in the seniors represented schools across the borough at the event held by the Rotary Clubs of Ealing, Greenford, Hounslow and Isleworth and Hammersmith at St Benedict's School, Eaton Rise, Ealing recently. (Feb 1) A packed audience of teachers, parents and Rotarians followed the fortunes of the teenagers on a variety of topical issues from rioters to fashion.

The event was organised by Prof Alan Gillett, President-Elect of Ealing Rotary Club and the President of Ealing Rotary Club, Mr Avi Tchiprout. Prof Gillett said: "It was a splendid evening from all points of view and the audience were treated to some excellent speeches on topical subjects from 'When you look at me what do your see? to 'Why we should empathise with the London Rioters.'

"I think everyone, teachers, students , parents and Rotarians all thought the evening was informative, amusing and entertaining."

WH Smith tokens and certificates were presented to the teams by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Ealing, Cllr.Mohammad and Mrs. Majeeda Aslam.

The winners were:


Twyford C of E High School

Subject: Tabloids Need Taming

Teacher: Anna Jesson

Chairperson: Fiona Graham

Speaker: Celia Wilkinson

Vote of Thanks: Charlotte Bourchier


Cardinal Wiseman

Subject: Fashion - A Stitch Up!

Teacher: Alison Murphy

Chairperson: Thomas Burns

Speaker: Demani Jules-Carbon

Vote of Thanks: Kevin Loi-Heng