Australian National Schools Debating Championships - Darwin - 2019

Australian National Schools Debating Championships - Darwin - 2019

This May, I travelled to Darwin for a week to represent the ACT at the Australian National Schools Debating Championships (NSDC). I was part of a four-member team (with Gemma H, Elanor P, and Alex W), the members of which were selected from a series of training sessions and “squad trials” that were held at the beginning of the year.

During NSDC, we debated a range of pressing issues in fields such as international affairs, moral/religious issues, social change, Indigenous affairs, environmental policy, and US politics.

Developing a case from scratch with my team, rebutting the opposition’s arguments, finding ways to characterise and frame the debate, and forming responses on the spot - the entire process was incredibly engaging and intellectually-challenging!

I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to meet so many brilliant, talented debaters, and I’m truly appreciative of all the friendships I made during this trip. NSDC was an absolutely amazing experience - one that I will remember for a lifetime.

Selina L