Earlier this month twelve excited children had their first taste of public speaking at the annual First Voice Power of Speech event.
Power of Speech celebrates the extraordinary achievements made possible by cochlear implant technology, celebrates the gift of speech and hearing and challenges conventional opinion on what hearing impaired children can achieve.
Having travelled to Canberra from across Australia and New Zealand each child, ranging in age from 6 to 12, confidently took to the podium at the National Press Club and spoke about their chosen topic to a live audience numbering over a hundred.
While each speech conveyed the children’s remarkable language skills, only two contestants could be presented with the 2015 Power of Speech Inspiration Award. Cale Gravagna, past graduate of The Hear and Say Centre, won the award for the 6-8 years category and Jacob Jay, past graduate of Telethon Speech and Hearing, took out the 9-12 years category.
The Shepherd Centre would like to congratulate all the children on their wonderful speeches and thank Cochlear for generously sponsoring the event.