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SA Junior Trials

After months of intense training, SA Junior Trials are officially underway. As the coaches, we would like to wish the following trialists the best of luck.

1. Mamkhabela Mthembu-Stirling High School (EC)
2. Andrew Bradfield -Fourways High School (GP)
3.Daisy Whitcutt-Roedean School ( SA)
4.Gabriel Brouard Ancer -King David Victory Park (GP)
5. Gonste Moropa-Hoerskool Birchleigh (GP)
6. Nkateko Hlongwane-Rhodesfield Technical High School (GP)
7. Rheyna Pattni- Parktown Girls High School (GP)
8. Rinya Singh- Crawford College Sandton (GP)
9. Saxon Leathwhite- Roedean School (SA)
10. Thandekile Ndolvu- Hoerskool Jan De Klerk(GP)
11. Tariro Banganayi- Sacred Heart College (GP)
12. Suvasha Ganess -Solovista Secondary School (KZN)
13. Seyanne Govender- Durban Girls College (KZN)
14. Sthembiso Matenjwa- Mountview Secondary School( KZN)
15.Thea Juanita Earnest-Mountview Secondary School( KZN)
16. Wisden Nadasen- Greenbury Secondary School (KZN)
17 Madzanga Ramabulana- Pepps College (Lim)
18. Nwabisa Mbishilo- Camps Bay High School (WC)

We would like to thank Tebogo Mamabolo, Pakamani Ndwandwa, Kholwani Dube, Webster Morrison, Kyle Lyle, Ilan Malkin, Megan Raftery, Lwandile Bhengu & Sipohokazi Tau for being apart of the selection squad for 2017. A special mention must go to Bella Mamkhabela for being the “team mom” and calming the nervous.

We are grateful to Roedean School (SA) for hosting us this year and to Europa Killarney and the Patel Family for making sure we are fed. Thank you to the FNF team for providing a great workshop on Philsophy and critical thinking to kick off our trials weekend.

To our trialists: We are your greatest fans and we know that each of you will preform exceptionally and make our jobs extremely difficult. We would like to thank everyone who formed part of our pre-trials training. Beyond selecting a team our main goal is to equip as many debaters as possible with skills to improve all aspects of their lives. We are excited to work with each one of you and to have a fun and enjoyable time( cause that is a necessity).

With you in debating
Bettina & Irene
SA Junior Coaches 2017.

Trials Results: 

After challenging trials rounds and selection discussions, that ran late into the night, the team has been decided. Each speaker demonstrated their incredible abilities by standing out in a group of very talented and intelligent speakers.

The SA Junior Team for 2017 is:

  • Suvasha Ganess -Solovista Secondary School (KZN)
  • Daisy Whitcutt-Roedean School ( SA)
  • Saxon Leathwhite- Roedean School (SA)
  • Sthembiso Matenjwa- Mountview Secondary School( KZN)
  • Tariro Banganayi- Sacred Heart College (GP)
  • Madzanga Ramabulana- Pepps College (Lim) – Reserve

We are very excited to be working with this amazing group of speakers over the next year!!!

International Tournament Performances (2014 to 2016)

South African Schools Debating International Tournament Results 2014, 2015, 2016

2014

South African Schools’ Debating Team Eurasia Schools Debating Championships 2014

  • Team Broke 5th
  • Semi-finalists of Tournament
  • Emma Buckland ranked 10th
  • Amelia Warren ranked 9th
  • Kate Dewey ranked 4th

Reference:

Kip Oebanda

Chief Adjudicator

Asia World Schools Debating Championships 2013

kip_oebanda@yahoo.com

 

South Africa “A” Team Heart of Europe Debate Tournament – Czech Republic 2014

  • Team broke 3rd
  • Amelia Warren ranked 4th
  • Heart of Europe Debate Tournament Champions 2014

Reference:

Tournament Director

Jakub Kadlec

registrations@heart-of-europe.org

 

SA A Team Asia World Schools Debating Championships (AWSDC) Thailand 2014

  • Semi-Finalists of Tournament
  • Desmond Fairall ranked 3rd
  • Illan Malkin ranked 6th

 

South Africa Junior Debating Team 2014 AWSDC 2014

  • Team ranked 2nd in Asia Overall
  • Alex Breckenridge ranked 12th
  • William Shoki ranked 9th
  • Steven Lochner ranked 2nd
  • 2 Years Consecutive Grand Finalists of the Tournament

Reference:

Tournament Director

Beatrice Miu

tournamentdirector.awsdc2014@gmail.com

 

South African National World Schools Team World Schools Debating Championships Thailand 2014

  • Team ranked 1st in the World
  • Kate Dewey ranked 12th in the world
  • Saadiyah Mayet ranked 11th in the world
  • Sam Musker ranked 7th in the world
  • Josh Broomberg ranked 5th in the world

References:

 

Thepparith Senamngern

Tournament Convener: Thaliand World Schools Debating Championships 2014

tjthai@me.com

 

2015

SA Team Eurasia Schools Debating Championships, Turkey 2015

  • Team won the Tournament
  • Illan Malkin ranked 5th
  • Amelia Warren ranked 4th in Europe and Asia
  • Desmond Fairall ranked 2nd in Europe and Asia
  • Kate Dewey ranked 1st in Europe and Asia

Reference:

ESDC Executive Board

convener@eurasiandebate.com

ARGO International Schools’ Debate Tournament Romania 2015

  • South Africa had unprecedented dominance the history of International Schools Debating
  • Sent 4 Teams who all dominated the rankings as individual speakers 5/10 of the Top speakers from all over the world were South African.
  • The grand final saw South African Teams in it.

SA Juniors Argo 2015

  • Octofinalists of Tournament
  • Katya Broomberg ranked 7th in Europe
  • Jordan Arenstein ranked 3rd in Europe

SA A1 Argo 2015 Argo

  • Grand Finalists of Tournament
  • William Shoki ranked 6th in Europe
  • Alex Breckenridge ranked 2nd in Europe

SA A2 Argo 2015

  • Winners of Tournament
  • Grant Fourie ranked 4th in Europe

Reference

Laura Dragoi – Tournament Convene: ARGO 2015

laura@argodebate.ro

 

SA World Schools Debating Championships 2015

  • Team ranked 7th overall in the World
  • Kate Dewey was ranked the best speaker in the world

Reference:

Vernie Oliviero – Chief Adjudicator WSDC 2015

wsdc2015@gmail.com

 

2016

SA Eurasia Schools Debating Championships (ESDC) Turkey 2016

  • Winners of Tournament with resounding Dominance
  • Grant Fourie ranked 5th in Europe and Asia
  • Katya Broomberg ranked 4th in Europe and Asia
  • William Shoki ranked 3rd in Europe and Asia
  • Rebecca Mqamelo ranked 2nd in Europe and Asia
  • Steven Lochner ranked 1st in Europe and Asia

Reference:

ESDC Executive Board

convener@eurasiandebate.com

 

SA A2

  • Octofinalists of Tournament (Knocked out by another SA Team)
  • Claire Rankin ranked 2nd in Asia

SA A1 AWSDC 2016

  • Semi Finalists of Tournament
  • Daniel Lee ranked 7th
  • Sukhmani Kaur ranked 5th

SA Jnrs AWSDC 2016

  • Quarter-finalists (knocked out SA Snr Team in Octos)
  • Neo Tsotetsi ranked 10th in Asia
  • Khulasande Tolobisa ranked 9th in Asia
  • Ritvik Sojen ranked 6th in Asia

 

SA WSDC 2016

  • Ranked 1st in the World
  • Grant Fourie ranked 20th in the World
  • Steven Lochner ranked 13th in the World
  • Rebecca Mqamelo ranked 21st in the World
  • William Shoki ranked 10th in the World
  • Katya Broomberg ranked 3rd in the World

Reference:

Jana Gilke

Convenor WSDC 2016

convenor@wsdcgermany2016.com

1st Asia World Schools Debating Championships

OVER 200 students from nine territories came to Thailand to participate in an international debate tournament. Held under the theme of “It’s Our Turn”, the first Asia World Schools Debating Championship ran from August 1-7 at the Anglo-Singapore International School in Bangkok.

The South African Schools’ Debating Board sent two teams:

South Africa ‘A’ Team 1 (SAA1) consisted of Sam Musker; Emma Buckland; Ilan Malkin and Desmond Fairall. South Africa ‘A’ Team 2 (SAA2) consisted of Kate Dewey; Bettina Buabeng-Baidoo; Laurian Polkinghorne and Amelia Warren. Coaches: Phiwe Salukazana and Christopher Hojem. Adjudicator: Jolandi Swanepoel

Seven preliminary rounds were held for both prepared and impromptu motions. The teams competed in the knock-out debates, which saw Singapore and South Africa duelling in the grand finals on the motion: “This house supports an independent state for the Rohingya”.

Members from both teams presented constructive arguments opposing and proposing the creation of a Rohingya autonomous state, touching on the subjects of persecution, the right to self-determination, sectarian conflict and economic repercussions.  The HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup went to Anglo-Chinese Junior College of Singapore.

 Results:

SAA1 broke 10th and made it to the Grand Final and SAA2 broke 5th and made it to the Octo-Final.

All our speakers ranked in the top 30:

  • Ilan Malkin – 3rd
  • Emma Buckland – 5th
  • Bettina Buabeng-Baidoo – 9th
  • Kate Dewey – 11th  
  • Sam Musker – 12th
  • Amelia Warren – 17th
  • Desmond Fairall – 28th
  • Laurian Polkinghorne – 30th

Julie Sutanto, director of schools at Anglo-Singapore International School, said debating was a major tool for communication and discussion in both the local and international arenas. “We want youths to learn the importance of effective communication in various situations and to demonstrate that differences can be resolved through tolerance and understanding. Through debate, students learn to discuss global issues and create a public dialogue in an organised way,” she said.

The next Asia World Schools Debating Championship will be held in Bangkok at the same time next year.