Travis talks his way to success

FORMER Downend School pupil Travis Alabanza-Behard was named Gabbler of the Year at the annual public speaking contest for Bristol area sixth-formers.

Travis, aged 17, who is studying at Redcliffe Sixth Form for A-levels in classical civilisation, philosophy, religious studies and drama, impressed the competition judges with a four-minute talk entitled Loose Ends.

He was among 17 contestants in the 26th grand final banquet, held at The Bristol Hotel. The line-up also included speakers from Mangotsfield and Downend schools. Georgina Hares, from King’s Oak Academy, won the title of most improved speaker.

Among the 230 guests was the Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Peter Main.

The Gabbler of the Year event was set up in 1987 by David Geddes, then general manager of Clifton Hotels, to give young people skills and confidence when speaking in public.

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