Apex Club of Mount Isa has located a precious trophy as it plans to resurrect the competition the trophy was given for.
Regional communicator for Apex John Davis, who is based in Mount Isa and a member of the local club said an old Apex trophy from the 1980s was recently unearthed.
"This is an old high school debating trophy from 1982 when it was the last time it was done," Mr Davis said.
Mr Davis said Apex continue to organise high school debating until the 2000s but without the trophy which was presumed lost until recently.
"Then Zoe Richards put up a post two weeks ago on one of the community pages and said if anyone knows anyone who did high skill debating in 1982, I've got the trophy," he said.
"And i've gone, I'll have the trophy, thanks!"
Mr Davis said the trophy was found at the former home of a former local Apex member Fred Frost, who moved to Townsville.
"It was in a safe spot and when he left town, obviously he didn't check his safe spot," he said.
The trophy was donated by Mary Kathleen Apex Club (one of four local Apex clubs, along with two in Mount Isa and one in Cloncurry) and was first contested in 1977 and won by Cloncurry High School.
Mount Isa High won it in 1978, then Curry again in 1979 and 1980, then San Jose All Girls (now St Josephs) in 1981 and finally St Kieran's All Boys in 1982.
Mr Davis said they would give the trophy a polish and put it among their club memorabilia .
The club also does have plans to resurrect high school debating but with a new but similar trophy to reflect the new name of the club and its new district and region number.
"It finished in 2009, We are trying to restart it next year," Mr Davis said.
"Apex Australia run a big high school debating competition so it would be part of that."
Apex in Mount Isa has started meeting again though their showpiece event Rock Pop Mime has had to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic and the difficulty of bringing hundreds of children together from 14 different schools.
Apex Club of Mount Isa meets every second Monday at the Irish Club. Find them online via Apex Australia.
"Apex used to be (aged) 18 to 45, now it is open ages and mixed," Mr Davis said.
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