IPSC Hungary 2023 final in Budapest
Above: The winner of the competition in 2023, who will be a judge for next year’s competition was Horváth Viktória. She is seen here with her winner’s plaque.
The topic for the final was: „You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”
The event was held at the „Magyar Táncművészeti Egyetem Nádasi Ferenc Gimnázium és Kollégium” in Budapest (Columbus u. 87-89). Foster Dóra was the school’s representative and worked very hard to make sure the event had everything it needed and Borszéki Judit from the ESU in Hungary worked tirelessly to ensure that the schools involved were contacted and informed. The overall organiser, MC and sponsor was Steve Jones.
All participants received participation medals both in the junior and senior sections. Book prizes from OUP were also given to the junior participants and the senior finalists. In addition the winner received the same medal in gold and the runner up in silver. The winner also receives an engraved plaque and will attend the final in London on 12th May. The name of the winner is also engraved on the competition shield (third shield – 1st from 2003, 2nd from 2012, 3rd from 2022) which will be offered for display at the venue.
There is a shield which records the winners. The present shield is the third and was first presented in 2022. The photo below shows the whole shield and the central panel.
Before the event began there was a well-received introductory welcome speech from the British Embassy representative Mr. Matthew Kirlew (First Secretary, Head of Policy) who thanked the sponsors, venue and particularly the participants, their teachers and parents. This was followed by a display of modern dance, traditional ballet and traditional Hungarian folk dance by members of the school.
The three semi-finals, taking place in three rooms simultaneously required separate judging panels, the judges being Henry Scullion (Toastmasters), Morvai Bence (winner 2008) Radvánszki Ronett (winner 2017), Bába Kitti Klaudia (winner 2016), Jobbágy Ilona (the former Head of Oxford University Press in Hungary and the present liaison with OUP) and Sandra Fleming. This arrangement shortens the event and makes it easier for both judges and contestants.
The IPSC final had the following participants: (Those who won through to the final six in Hungary are starred).
- Papp Emma* Vörösmarty Gimnázium Budapest
- Varga Mira Comenius Két Tannyelvű Gimnázium, Székesfehérvár
- Nagy Károly Budapest II. Kerületi Móricz Zsigmond Gimnázium
- Gerlei Dániel* individual contestant, Bp.
- Kirják Luca Nyíregyházi Krúdy Gyula Gimnázium
- Ambrus Amira* Szigetszentmiklósi Batthyány Kázmér Gimnázium
- Lapu Kadosa* Verseghy Ferenc Gimnázium, Szolnok
- Józsa Bence Baksa Kálmán Két Tanítási Nyelvű Gimnázium Győr
- Horváth Bence* Nyíregyházi SZC Széchenyi István Technikum és Kollégium
- Horváth Viktória* Xántus János Két Tanítási Nyelvű Gimnázium, Bp.
- Bajza Gréta Mária Magyar Táncművészeti Egyetem Nádasi Ferenc Gim. Bp.
The judges were Henry Scullion (Toastmasters), Lőrincz Sarolta (winner 2021, online, who also made final 6 in online International Final), Morvai Bence (winner 2008) and Sandra Fleming.
The competition winner to go through to the International Final in London was Horváth Viktória (Far right in the photo above) and the runner-up was Gerlei Dániel (to the left of the winner in the photo), both from Budapest. The photo shows the six finalists.
Whilst the judges were establishing a winner the Junior Competition was held in the auditorium. The judges here were Jobbágy Ilona and Bába Kitti Klaudia who, rather than judging a winner were able to give feedback to the speakers directly.
Above: left to right: Sandra Fleming, Jobbágy Ilona, Henry Scullion, Radvánszki Ronett, competition winner Horváth Viktória, competition runner-up Gerlei Dániel, Morvai Bence and Bába Kitti Klaudia.
- Ardó Maja Xántus János Két Tanítási Nyelvű Gimnázium, Bp.
- Benő Kristóf Nyíregyházi SZC Széchenyi István Technikum és Kollégium
- Boros Laura Zoé Szigetszentmiklósi Batthyány Kázmér Gimnázium
- Décsi Dorottya Nyíregyházi Krúdy Gyula Gimnázium
- Gorondi Eszter Magyar Táncművészeti Egy. Nádasi Ferenc Gim. és Kollégium
- Király Luca Ágota Baksa Kálmán Két Tanítási Nyelvű Gimnázium Győr
- Kuzmi Hunor Újpesti Könyves Kálmán Gimnázium
- Laczkó Júlia Verseghy Ferenc Gimnázium, Szolnok
The photo below shows the seven young speakers from the junior competition.
A special prize was awarded to Kuzmi Hunor (second from right in above photo) for his speech though the standard of every speech was extremely good.