Silver Medal Winners

On Wednesday 24 August QAHS Senior B Team 1, Naomi Smith, Dilpreet Chadha, Ayla Tartic and Talan Ramsay, competed in the Gold Coast Debating Grand Final in the Princeton Room at Bond University.

QAHS team members competed valiantly to defend the negative case for the proposition that “Banning performance enhancing drugs in sport is worthwhile”. Expert knowledge in the health sciences and a model for the regulation, rather than banning, of performance enhancing drugs was at the heart of their case, however, the Grand Final was won by AB Paterson College in a close debate.

Members of the QAHS community were there to support the team and attend the formal ceremony, where our team were awarded silver medals as runners up for 2016. Special congratulations go to Naomi Smith, who won “Best Speaker of the Debate”.Senior Team B_semi finals win

The event was a high note for all concerned, but especially for Naomi and Dilpreet, who as Year 12 students, have competed in their last high school debate. Over the last three years both of these students have made an invaluable contribution to QAHS Debating. Although not at the Grand Final, Hannah Rogger-Amies has also made significant contributions to the team throughout the season as fifth member. All of the students have become more knowledgeable, shown that they are thinkers, communicators and certainly risk takers in this shared activity. We look forward to Ayla and Talan’s continued participation as talented and highly competitive debaters.

As Gold Coast debating has finished for this year, I would like to congratulate all four teams of Senior Debaters for their commitment and achievements. I would also like to thank Julie Bertwistle, Marnie Chetter and Myora and Candace Kruger for their contributions to the adjudication responsibilities, without which no debating could go ahead, as well as the staff and students who have supported these teams by giving them an audience to address.

Congratulations to all the teams for a successful year.

Debating is a CAS activity and inexperienced debaters are welcome to join.

Mary-Anne Wood
Debating Co-ordinator