Lagoon ‘Funnyly’ wins the Humorous Division J, Dist 20 Championship!
Yes,Lagoon Toastmasters ‘Funnyly’ wins the Humorous Division J, Dist 20 Championship after 3 years. It is the 3rd time Lagoon is being represented in the District for Humorous Speech. Way back in 2006 a local Emirati, Farooq Mohammed, showed us he was the funniest by winning in DTAC held in Dubai. Then in 2009 it was the turn of our ever smiling and loving guy Mathew Jacob in DTAC Abu Dhabi.
It’s ‘Deja Vu’ once again for Lagoon who will be witnessing yet another Emirati local who will be representing us at DTAC Bahrain in 2012. This time it will be the Most Eligible Bachelorette and Lagoon’s vibrant Toastmaster Shurooq AlBanna!
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Shurooq AlBanna gave a masterpiece in the Division J contests. She had the audience in splits. Her humour was excellent and connected well with the audience. She was the clear winner from the start. Everyone loved her humour and we at Lagoon are really proud of her. She beat the likes of Gurpeet Singh, Nagarajan, Manish Shastri and Sudhir Menon. Lagoon wishes her the very best in her DTAC Bahrain competition. We are certain that this years DTAC Humorous Champion will be none other than our Shurooq! Go Girl!
We also had and still have a very promising Champ in Natraj our dear ‘Nattu’. His determination and his ‘Go for Broke’ attitude has taken him to the Division in one of the toughest competitions. The International Speeches are the most difficult to deliver because of the tremendous pressure it exerts on the contestants. His first year in Toastmaster and he has reached the Division level in International Speech! That itself will speak volumes in the effort he has put. He was awesome on stage. He made us at Lagoon very proud. You are a champ and winner to all of us at Lagoon. Gloves off to you! Natraj came in a close 3rd in the competition.
Congratulations to Shurooq and Natraj. You guys rocked!
The Division J event as a whole was excellent. Balaji Nagabhushan the Div J Governor made this event a huge success. Hats off to this wonderful man! Most of were wondering why he was not in his usual suit. On closer inspection, he had a horrible accident in which his whole right arm was blistered! A week back while in the kitchen cooking, yes he even cooks!, HOT oil burst from the pan and onto his arm and face. He survived blindness due to the fact he was wearing spectacles! The burns were horrible. Despite this, he managed to pull off one of the best events without any problems. A true leader. No complains whatsoever! Thank you Balaji for your dedication.
Our Area 30 Governor, Rakesh Dayal was a huge support to all of us. The Area governors of Div J have really worked hard to make Div J one of the best Divisions in the region. There were also so many other people who helped make this a grand success. Thank you all.
Lagoon this year had an amazing President in Chandrashekar Rao. He pushed the members to participate and helped them to reach their goals. His hard work paid and now has a member representing us in DTAC Bahrain! Well done Pres! The Lagoon members were also very supportive. Congratulations to all.
The winners of each category will represent Div J in DTAC Bahrain. Lagoon wishes the winners the very best and PLEASE bring back the winners trophy!
The winners of the competition are below.
Evaluation Speech Winners
WINNER – Nelson Menezes
2. Arnel Capili
3. Mohamed Javeed Khan
Humorous Speech Winners
WINNER – Shurooq Al Banna
2. Gurpeet Singh
3. Sudhir Menon
Table Topics Speech Winners
WINNER – Prasad Shetty
2. Hemlatha Thawani
3. Priya Ramachandran
International Speech Winners
WINNER – Priya Ramachandran
2. Rekha Suresh Babu
3. Nataraj T