Brayden Sim has a way with words.
The Schofields Public School pupil, 9, was one of 12 NSW participants in the Multicultural Perspectives public speaking competition state final on November 1.
His speech on breaking down barriers and racism through sport drew on Cathy Freeman’s 400 metre win at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and his experiences at Riverstone and Schofields junior soccer club The Gunners.
‘‘I play soccer every weekend and everybody is nice to each other,’’ he said.
‘‘It doesn’t matter about their skin.
‘‘Cathy Freeman’s Olympic gold medal victory was quite amazing. I talk about her winning her race and carrying the Australian and Aboriginal flags on her victory lap.’’
At the state final Brayden was asked to speak to the topic ‘‘telling the truth’’. At the regional final his impromptu speech was on ‘‘taking your time’’.
‘‘I focused on the tortoise and the hare story, meditating and those kind of things,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s just a classic story that everybody knows.
‘‘They take us into a room and we have five minutes to prepare, then we have to go straight out and perform it.’’
Brayden began public speaking only last year.
‘‘I did quite well and I wanted to do it again because it was so much fun,’’ he said.
‘‘I like performing in front of people and speaking about things that are important.’’