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Thanadon Tantivit at Dartmouth House, headquarters of the ESU in Mayfair, London

Thanadon Tantivit, a 17 year old student from the British International School, Phuket, recently represented Thailand at the English Speaking Union’s International Public Speaking Competition in London.

The competition, the largest of its kind in the world, aims to bring together people from diverse cultures with the common goal of communicating confidently in English. This year, there were 53 international finalists.

The judges praised Thanadon for his confident presentation style, his knowledge of Thailand & global issues and his ability to think under pressure. He performed exceptionally well in both the prepared and impromptu rounds of the competition, but was up against some very tough competition.

During the week long programme, he had the opportunity not only to compete but to take part in workshops at the Globe Theatre, to see The Lion King on West End and to visit some of London’s most famous sights.

2018 is a significant year with the ESU marking it’s centenary. Thanadon had the privilege of attending a centenary reception hosted by ESU President Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, The Princess Royal at St James’s Palace. “I spoke to HRH Princess Anne about education in Thailand and she shared with me her love for Thai Performing Arts. She said she is always impressed by the beauty of the costumes and the way that dancers & other artists can communicate ideas so strongly through their movements and facial expressions”, Thanadon said.

“I am grateful for the support of the ESU Thailand Branch, BISP and the British Council who made this experience possible,” he added.

Rebecca Preen, who represented Thailand in this competition last year (story here), was recently featured in the ESU Dialogue Magazine Spring issue 2018. You can read her interview here.