Year 10 student represents UTC Heathrow at the Speak Out Challenge regional finals

On Wednesday 5 December, Year 10 student, Ossian O’Sullivan competed in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge regional finals, presenting to over 250 people.

After being crowned the UTC Speak Out Champion back in October, Ossian, along with a group of students and staff from UTC Heathrow, took a trip to the Hillingdon regional finals to give their support.

Given just 2 minutes 30 seconds, Ossian delivered his presentation to the room.

Ossian said: “I chose to give a talk on the physics of interplanetary travel. I explained the physics of actually getting from say, Earth to Mars. I covered the reason why we do this, how humans are a very curious species, we like to explore and we like to problem solve and overcome challenges.”

“I am far better un-scripted, so I just spoke freely. I am really interested in technical things, that’s where my passion lies and that’s why I was able to speak about it.”

“Before going on stage, and right up until I took my seat, I thought to myself, I can do this. It was when I took my seat I realised that it was a few more people than I had expected and my heart rate increased a little! I watched the first speaker go up and deliver his talk and he did very well, so I thought, I wonder if I can do the same.”

“At a previous school, I did a talk, but that was in front of around 50 people. This was on a far bigger scale and something I’m very proud of, and will look to do again.”

From UTC Heathrow, we are incredibly proud of Ossian’s fantastic achievement and look forward to seeing what the future holds!


The Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge is a programme run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. It is a well-established and highly regarded public speaking, training and competition project for schools in London and Essex.