Medical basis to speech title

Deborah Lambie's medical knowledge helped her win a title at the recent World Miss University pageant in South Korea.

The 23-year-old University of Otago student was crowned Miss Speech, following three presentations she made at the annual event in Seoul.

Miss Lambie's speech at the contest's international environmental forum focused on the health benefits of behaviour which also supported the environment.

Simple things like driving less and walking more, or buying less food and growing more, were easy to put into practice, she said.

''I talked about how in the future, when I'm working in health, this is the kind of thing that I would really like to promote,'' Miss Lambie said.

Her speech at the event's international peace forum, about her grandfather's involvement in World War 2, also garnered favour among judges.

Miss Lambie said she reiterated a saying of her grandfather's.

''What he used to say is that with war, no matter what side you're on and even if you're on the winning side, you've lost once you've gone to war.''

As part of the contest Miss Lambie and the 40-odd other participants visited the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, which she said was a highlight of the trip.

Back in Dunedin, she was preparing to start her fifth year of medical study at Otago.

The former Columba College pupil had already completed a bachelor of medical sciences degree with honours at Otago, and last year graduated with a masters in entrepreneurship.

Mexican contestant Karina Stephania Martin Jimenez was crowned the 26th World Miss University.

The only New Zealander to win the title was Jade Collins in 2005.