The Founder of Toastmasters Bratislava Awarded by the Mayor of Bratislava on the Central European Speech Contest

After the success of the first three years of the Central European speech contest, Toastmasters clubs in Slovakia decided to continue the successful tradition of the contest. General public has been addressed besides of Toastmasters clubs from neighboring countries, with invitation to participate in the contest.

The fourth year of the contest saw a significant change – for the first time in its history, the contest was under the auspices of Mr. Milan Ftáčnik, the Mayor of Bratislava. Mr. Ftáčnik was personally present and he awarded special prize to Klaus Hammer. Klaus Hammer has been a member of Toastmasters for over 6 years. In that time he has managed to get the highest award for educational achievement awarded by the Toastmasters International. He is a founder of the first Toastmasters club in Slovakia.

Milan Ftáčnik awards a special prize to Klaus Hammer
Photo: Janka Šmotláková

Besides of the English language, contestants got the opportunity to showcase their skills in Slovak, Czech and German languages. This opportunity was used by 33 contestants. Representation of the contest was truly international – Slovaks met with contestants, who are native to Australia, USA, Egypt, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, and France.

All winners
Photo: Michal Hrehuš

The contest was attended by several champions in prepared speeches. The world champion Anthony Achmat was one of them. He is a member of Toastmasters for over 50 years and in addition to exceptional rhetorical skills he uses his experience in mentoring emerging Toastmasters clubs worldwide.

Contest winners:

  • English Prepared Speech:
    1. Silvio Michal
    2. Anthony Achmat
    3. Katarína Kovalčíková
  • English Evaluation:
    1. Anthony Achmat
    2. Sherif Kenawy
    3. Milan Navrátil
  • English Improvised Speech:
    1. Igor Furdík
    2. Anthony Achmat
    3. Toni Purdy
  • Slovak Prepared Speech:
    1. Gabriela Čepičanová
    2. Silvio Michal
    3. František Kozáček
  • Slovak Evaluation:
    1. Igor Furdík
    2. Jaroslav Kováč
    3. František Kozáček
  • Slovak Improvised Speech:
    1. Jaroslav Kováč
    2. František Kozáček
    3. Michal Holub
  • German Prepared Speech:
    1. Klaus Hammer
    2. Silvio Michal

Club members responsible for the organization of the event of the club are satisfied. This year they have managed to attract more than 100 spectators and contestants. Thanks to sponsors of the contest, all participants could enjoy not only inspiring and entertaining speeches, but also first-class facilities and refreshments.
This event brings a new dimension of rhetoric to Slovakia.

What are Toastmasters?

The idea of speaking in public is the worst nightmare for many people. They deal with fear, fright, and stress – and to manage all of this in English or in German? That is really difficult. Nevertheless, the inability to clearly express their opinions, as well as to present their results and/or intentions, is an impediment in daily working lives of many people. In this area, the Toastmasters program has helped many people around the world and during the past four years it has been doing so in Bratislava too.

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