WSDC 2010

The WSDC 2010 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2010 from Doha, Qatar as a debater, blogger and Hong Kong national team member.

WSDC – Thank you

WSDC, although google insists stands for the World Swing Dance Council, will always invoke powerful memories of the one and only World Schools Debating Championships. First hearing about it in 2007, I began my WSDC journey back in 2009 with the Team Hong Kong trials. In January 2010, I headed to Doha, Qatar along with Ben, Prakash, Annette, Heather, Greg and Mr. Evershed where we broke by a whisker and made it to the octo-finals. Truly infected with the WSDC bug, 2011 meant an entirely new country, new school and a new WSDC team. Yes – I defected to Team Wales. After an elongated training period including a summer holiday, I headed to Dundee, Scotland in a train along with David, Sarah, Josephine and Johnny. Sadly, this campaign also ended at the octo-finals. Debating aside however, it was brilliant to be able to meet people from so many countries. Talking over a drink, on the bus and whilst playing pool; all part of the unforgettable experience we’ve had together. part and parcel of my WSDC experience of course has been they joys of blogging my way through it all.

During the campaign for WSDC 2010 and WSDC 2011, I’ve had the joy of representing 2 countries – Hong Kong and Wales, visited 2 countries – Doha, Qatar and Dundee, Scotland. After endless hours of training, I had 18 debates against 17 countries, given 22 speeches, at least 144 minutes of talking, lots of blogging, 11 wins, 38 ballots and 2 octo-finals. All good things come to a close and sadly I won’t be attending WSDC 2012.

The last two years have been a blast. I can’t thank enough the people who have helped me on this journey. Thank you and Goodbye!

WSDC 2011 – Unofficial Adjusted World Rankings

This is part of the WSDC 2011 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2011 in Dundee, Scotland as a debater, blogger and Wales national team member.

Following yesterday’s post regarding raw world rankings of the top 31 teams, I have adjusted the world rankings to take into account all 48 teams that have been identified as taking part in WSDC 2011. There are some high ranking teams which have not be confirmed to be participating, I have chosen to include them in the list, especially if they appear likely to either be collecting funds or on the waiting list. I have however placed them in italics.

As with last time, I have used the same method that calculated last year’s team pre-tournament rankings, having removed WSDC 2007 results and substituted them with WSDC 2010 results. Results for a country from only one or even two WSDC tournaments reduces the accuracy of these pre-tournament rankings. To make calculations easier, I averaged the results to assume each national team debated at all three WSDCs between 2008 and 2010 and ranked them by the number of debates they have won and the number of judges they have received.

Adjusted in leiu of the participation list recently announced, the WSDC 2011 World Rankings are, in the following format – Country, Total wins out of 24, Total judges out of 72: (more…)

WSDC 2011 – Unofficial World Rankings

This is part of the WSDC 2011 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2011 in Dundee, Scotland as a debater, blogger and Wales national team member.

At WSDC 2010, a total of 57 teams ultimately took part. WSDC 2011 has 350 spots open for registration, and despite registration being yet to open, they have announced a team cap of 44. It appears quite likely that the top 31 teams that appear in the World Rankings prior to WSDC 2011 will be attending WSDC 2011.

Using the same method that calculated last year’s team pre-tournament rankings, I have removed the results of WSDC 2007 and substituted them with WSDC 2010 results.

Results for a country from only one or even two WSDC tournaments reduces the accuracy of these pre-tournament rankings. And since the top 31 teams all conveniently won more than 3.333 debates at every WSDC they attended on average, I calculated only the results for the top 31 WSDC teams. The are ranked based upon average wins per WSDC and average judges per WSDC. Only in one case have I had to move on to total number of wins at WSDC 2010 and total number of judges at WSDC 2010. To make calculations easier, I averaged the results to assume each national team debated at all three WSDCs between 2008 and 2010.

The World Rankings or pre-tournament rankings for National Teams based on WSDC 2008 – 2010 are displayed in the following format – Country, Total wins out of 24, Total judges out of 72 (more…)

WSDC 2010: Reflection

This is part of the WSDC 2010 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2010 from Doha, Qatar as a debater, blogger and Hong Kong national team member.

It has been a while since WSDC 2010 ended. I’ve finally got round to putting pen to paper when considering what this competition has been, so here it is.

It’s hard to put into words exactly how the 22nd World Schools Debating Championship in Doha, Qatar truly was. It was lavish and comfortable, tiring and exhilarating, and it was a wonderful learning experience as well as a brilliant social event.

The organisers set out to host the biggest and the best WSDC ever, I’m very doubtful if anyone says otherwise after those two weeks between the 8th and 18th of February 2010. Flushed with funding and more than enough resources, QatarDebate had additional adjudicators sponsored, top notch facilities and well thought-out plans laid out well before we even landed at the tiny Doha International Airport. From that point on, we always had someone there to help us, to set up and organiser for us and to make the event what it was. The Marriott Hotel, with its quite location, private beach and food tent covering two full tennis courts complete with chandeliers, was never going to be easy to beat. Although the rooms were found wanting in some respects, it was in now way below par or problematic for anyone living there.

Last Good Meal

The Last Good Meal


The lunch we had the day we arrived was jokingly titled ‘the last good meal’. How wrong we were. We discovered that the buffet which we thought was our last would merge into only the first in a whole two weeks worth of buffets. As much as we’d like to complain, it was delicious, varied and filled with Prakash’s favorite green leaves.

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WSDC 2010 – Videos

This is part of the WSDC 2010 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2010 from Doha, Qatar as a debater, blogger and Hong Kong national team member.

WSDC 2010 Doha may have concluded, but it’s time to review some of the highlights.

First, here is a finalized list of all the Awards handed out, after the organizers finally filled in the ‘Results‘ page of http://www.wsdc2010doha.com/.

Videos

In addition, videos of the event are starting to pop up, I will continue to post them here as they appear.
You can see two full debates that people have uploaded. The first is round 6 between Canada and England (http://www.youtube.com/user/debaterandskeptic#p/u). The second is round 8 between Nepal and Mongolia (http://www.youtube.com/user/hobbyscience#p/u)

Opening Ceremony

School Performances
School Performances

WSDC 2010 – Final Rankings

WSDC Logo

WSDC 2010 Logo

This is part of the WSDC 2010 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2010 from Doha, Qatar as a debater, blogger and Hong Kong national team member.

Following the conclusion of World Schools Debating Championship 2010, the numbers are in, the results crunched and the final rankings decided. Here they are courtesy of the organizers at WSDC Charity.

Motions

R1: That we should support Military Intervention in Somalia
R2: That we should make physical education compulsory in schools
R3: That every Country should have the right to possess Nuclear Weapons
R4: That we should support quotas for women in high government positions
R5: That Doctors should report evidence of Martial Abuse to the police
R6: That developing nations should have the right to give priority to development ahead of the environment
R7: That Terrorist suspects should have the right to a Trial in Civilian courts
R8: That we should legalise performance enhancing drugs
OF: That we should have no law restricting freedom of speech
QF: That compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by past generations
SF: That the United States should withdraw from the Middle East
GF : That Governments should Never Bail out Big Companies

Teams

You can find the results for each individual round here.
See how the 16 teams progressed during the Knockout Stages.

Overall Team Rankings

  1. Canada
  2. England
  3. Singapore
  4. Wales
  5. Australia
  6. Slovenia
  7. New Zealand
  8. Pakistan
  9. Greece
  10. Israel
  11. Netherlands
  12. Sri Lanka
  13. India
  14. Scotland
  15. Ireland
  16. Hong Kong

Best New Country : United Arab Emirates
China (2nd) and Sudan (3rd)

Best English as Foreign Language Country : Netherlands
Romania (2nd) and Germany (3rd)

Best English as Second Language Country : Slovenia
Greece (2nd) and Sri Lanka (3rd)

The Break

  1. Australia, 8 wins, 23 judges, 6277 points
  2. Canada, 8 wins, 22 judges, 6171 points
  3. Singapore, 8 wins, 22 judges, 6161 points
  4. Greece, 8 wins, 22 judges, 6105 points
  5. England, 8 wins, 21 judges, 6188.5 points
  6. Slovenia, 7 wins, 19 judges, 6016.5 points
  7. New Zealand, 6 wins, 19 judges, 6189.5 points
  8. Wales, 6 wins, 19 judges, 6080.5 points
  9. Israel, 6 wins, 18 judges, 6012 points
  10. Netherland, 6 wins, 18 judges, 5961 points
  11. Sir Lanka, 6 wins, 17 judges, 6047.5 points
  12. India, 6 wins, 16 judges, 5982.5 points
  13. Pakistan, 5 wins, 18 judges 6114.5 points
  14. Scotland, 5 wins, 17 judges, 6163 points
  15. Ireland, 5 wins, 16 judges, 6093.5 points
  16. Hong Kong, 5 wins, 16 judges, 6074.5 points
  17. South Korea, 5 wins, 16 judges, 6072 points
  18. Bangladesh, 5 wins, 16 judges, 6022.5 points
  19. South Africa, 5 wins, 15 judges, 6107.5 points
  20. Mexico, 5 wins, 15 judges, 6023 points
  21. Philippines, 5 wins, 15 judges, 6001.5 points
  22. Indonesia, 5 wins, 15 judges, 5955.5 points
  23. Romania, 5 wins, 14 judges, 5970 points
  24. Germany, 5 wins, 13 judges, 5970 points
  25. Sweden, 5 wins, 13 judges, 5821.0 points
  26. Estonia, 5 wins, 12 judges, 5952.0 points
Shaheen

Shaheen

Speakers

Overall Best Speakers
The full top 100 speakers list can be found here.

  1. Joanna Connolly – Australia – 75.333
  2. Laura Birchall – Australia – 75.033
  3. Charlotte Thomas – Australia – 74.875
  4. Eleanor Gordon-Smith – Australia – 74.833
  5. Manasvin Goswami – Canada – 74.292
  6. Gregory Farquhar – England – 74.222
  7. Shehryar Sheikh – Pakistan – 74.083
  8. Maria English – New Zealand – 74.000
  9. Georgina Barker – Scotland – 73.944
  10. Hasan Dindjer – England – 73.917
  11. Aria Newfield – New Zealand – 73.867
  12. Ashish Kumar – Singapore – 73.813
  13. Keenan Macneal – Canada – 73.800
  14. Jonathan Carson – Canada – 73.792
  15. Ella Katharine Robertson – Scotland – 73.694
  16. Edward Schweitzer – England – 73.694
  17. Rebecca Meredith – Scotland – 73.667
  18. Jasmin Moran – New Zealand – 73.625
  19. Teoh Ren Jie – Singapore – 73.605
  20. Filippos Lekkas – Greece – 73.583

Hong Kong Individual Results (as stated in the top 100)

      39 – Heather Pickerell – 4 – 72.583
      40 – Ben Allen – 5 – 72.467
      45 – Paul Lau – 4 – 72.333
      50 – Annette Chau – 4 – 72.250
      60 – Prakash Sanker – 7 – 72.048

Individual EFL Best Speakers :

  1. Lionie Beyrle – Germany
  2. Zan Zveplan – Slovenia
  3. Sanjit Dias – Sri Lanka
  4. Elisabeth Van Lieshout – The Netherlands
  5. Inka Mobinger – Germany

Individual ESL Best Speakers

  1. Shehryar Sheikh – Pakistan
  2. Filippos Lekkas – Greece
  3. Muhammad Gulzar – Pakistan
  4. Do Kwon – South Korea
  5. Jeewon Yoo – South Korea

Individual New Nation Best Speakers

  1. Andirudh Sivaram – UAE
  2. Raeesa Munshi – UAE
  3. Sara Smylie – UAE
  4. Calvin Cox – Sudan
  5. Jiali Li – China

WSDC 2010 – Results

This is part of the WSDC 2010 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2010 from Doha, Qatar as a debater, blogger and Hong Kong national team member.

Here are the overall results  from the prize presentation ceremony at La Caliga Hotel in Doha. All errors are mine until organizers confirm details.

Best New Country : United Arab Emirates
Best English as Foreign Language Country : Netherlands
Best English as Second Language Country : Slovenia
Overall 4th : Wales
Overall 3rd : Singapore
Overall Runner-up : England
Overall Champion : Canada

Individual EFL Best Speakers :

  1. Lionie Beyrle – Germany
  2. Zan Zveplan – Slovenia
  3. Daluwatumullagamage Jayasuriya – Sir Lanka
  4. Sandarruwani De Silva – Sir Lanka
  5. Inka Mobinger – Germany

Individual ESL Best Speakers

  1. Shehryar Sheikh – Pakistan
  2. Filippos Lekkas – Greece
  3. Muhammad Gulzar – Pakistan
  4. Do Kwon – South Korea
  5. Jeewon Yoo – South Korea

Overall Best Speakers

  1. Joanna Connolly – Australia
  2. Laura Birchall – Australia
  3. Charlotte Thomas – Australia
  4. Eleanor Gordon-Smith – Australia
  5. Manasvin Goswami – Canada
  6. Gregory Farquhar – England
  7. Shehryar Sheikh – Pakistan
  8. Maria English – New Zealand
  9. Georgina Barker – Scotland
  10. Hasan Dindjer – England