A student from Ruislip was runner-up in the grand final at a youth speaking competition last month.
Georgia Hunt from Bishop Ramsey C of E School beat over 20,000 students who took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge to make the final five.
She performed The Rainbow in Grayscale in front of a packed Cambridge Theatre in the West End, which was about her personal yet universal experience of how crippling anxiety and depression can be.
She spoke with a raw passion that is difficult to capture in words. Her conviction and dedication to share her experience for the benefit of other is inspiring and should give us all more confidence to share our true selves.
Georgia said: “I specifically spoke about mental health because I found that when I opened up about my problems, most people became uncomfortable and unsure of what to do. This left me thinking that the barriers we put up between us cause us to each feel alone, which is ironic. How can we reach out when there are walls between us?
“I absolutely love being on stage. Its’ where I feel most comfortable expressing myself. Haven’t had much experience but I’ve always loved debating, persuading others of my views and provoking thought in an audience.
“For a career, I considered law but one of my dreams jobs would be the gain more speech training and hopefully one day become a professional speaker. This is why I saw Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge as an incredible opportunity.”