South East Area Reading Competition

Back in February four of our junior members took part in the South East Area Reading competition. It was the first time they had been to an area competition and they did a fantastic job of representing Sussex Young Farmers against some tough competition. Have a read below to find out more about the day from the competitiors themselves;

“In February we entered the Junior Reading Competition which was held in Thame near Oxford. It took us about 3 hours to get there and we had to leave very early in the morning! The book we had to prepare our readings from was George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

We had a practice session with Mary at Plumpton but none of us had entered a reading competition before so did not know what to expect.

On the day we were very nervous! We did not know which parts of the book we were going to read and we were only allowed to find out 30 minutes beforehand.

When we arrived at the school we changed into our smart clothes and registered for the competition. We were due to perform last of the 4 teams so had to wait around which was very scary! We were given our passages to prepare and time went very quickly so it only felt like we had ten minutes rather than 30!

Then it was time to go in! There were about 20 people watching us including all the other teams as they had already performed!! Grace was the chairman and had to give a 2 minute introductory speech before we each read our passages out. We were marked on our clarity, expression and teamwork. We were all completely terrified but did our best! The team from Berkshire was outstanding and won by a long way but the teams from Kent, Oxfordshire and Sussex were much more evenly matched and in the end there was only 4 points between us! Unfortunately we came 4th….but only by 1 point!

It was a fantastic experience and we really enjoyed it…even though we were petrified!”

Grace, Samuel and Micah Thorby

Heathfield Young Farmers Club