Chris Werner Doubles up AGAIN at Area 54 Contest
In a rare feat, Dublin South’s Chris Werner (DTM) once again won both contests on the night to make it a clean sweep for Dublin South at the Area 54 Contest held on November 2nd.
Dublin South hosted the event, which was attended by 4 neighbouring clubs, Dublin 18, Tara, Microsoft OneVoice and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
We caught up with Chris shortly after his landmark win.
“I had certainly hoped to get through to the Area level, but never did I think that I would win both of the contests on the night. It was completely unexpected.”
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Chris however, as he was up against very stiff competition in both contests.
“I thought if I put in a good performance, I knew I’d be there or thereabouts with the Humorous speech. Table topics though was a different matter though. The topic on the COP26 was right up my street, being someone who works in that field. However it’s very tough to condense something you could talk for hours about into 2 minutes. I was first out, so when I heard the other speakers, I thought I’d fluffed it! When you are up against the best speakers from other represented clubs, there is much less room for error! I am now really looking forward to the Division M contest, where the intensity ramps up another notch!”
Chris will now go on to represent Area 54 at the Division M contest, which will be held on Sunday November 14th. He will be joined by the second place winners of the Humorous Speech (Christian McKenna) and Table Topics (Prashanth Nair), both representing UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Toastmasters.