TWO Bathurst people will move on to the next level of the Toastmasters public speaking contest after winning their categories.
Fourteen contestants from Toastmasters clubs in Bathurst, Orange, Lithgow and Dubbo competed in the speech evaluation and international speech contests on Sunday.
Both contests required speakers to present speeches between five and seven minutes long on any topic.
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Bathurst's Miao Li was the winner of the speech evaluation contest, while Merv Tobin took out the international speech contest.
The two will move on to the Western District competition, to be held in Rouse Hill next month.
Mr Tobin, who is also the publicity officer for Bathurst Toastmasters, said the competition was very strong on Sunday and he was pleased his speech, 'The ultimate comfort zone', stood out.
"[The speech] was really about not being stuck in your comfort zone, it's about getting out there and doing what you want to do," he said.
He has been in Toastmasters for 38 years and it's not the first time he has made it to the next level of the public speaking competition.
He has enjoyed the opportunities Toastmasters offers and encouraged others to consider signing up.
"We'd love for them to join Toastmasters at any time. In fact, last meeting we had six new people show up and I think five of them are going to become members," Mr Tobin said.
People who want to find out more can look up Bathurst Toastmasters Club on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.