Team Canada

WSDC 2013 – Team Canada

Oliver (center first row), Anisah (right first row), Nasra (right second row), Jessie (center third row), Julia (right third row)

Team Canada for 2013 has joined tumblr, returning to the metaphorical internet airways that were last visited by Team Canada in 2010. They now have a twitter handle (@wsdccanada2013) as well as a tumblr where you can read about Team Canada in their own words. Here’s Team Canada:

  • Anisah Mahomed {Returning from WSDC 2013} (C)
  • Jessie Dorfmann {Returning from WSDC 2012}
  • Julia Milden
  • Nasra Moumin
  • Oliver Bjornsson

Alternate: Alessandra Harkness

Team Canada are coached by Elisa Frank (Judge at WSDC 2008 and WSDC 2010) and Josh Judah.

Source: and

WSDC 2012 – Day 1

This is going to be the first time I blog about WSDC from a distance, so this will be an interesting experience in trying to pick up bits and pieces over the web. I apologies in advanced that this particular series of WSDC 2012 posts will not be quite a comprehensive as WSDC 2010 or WSDC 2011 for the simple reason that I’m not around to get comprehensive information.

For that reason, I’m not even really sure if today counts as Day 1. All the teams had arrived by yesterday, but many teams arrived even earlier than that. Australia and New Zealand for example, were both in South Africa earlier in the week for training sessions. Australia stopped by Dubai before beating New Zealand to South Africa, arriving on the 10th with New Zealand joining them on the 14th. China also appears to have been in South Africa for some practice debates earlier in the week. Administrative stuff such as adjudication test and briefings have also been conducted today.

Spar debates have been abound in the last few days. Team Hong Kong faced both South Africa and South Korea last night while Team Netherlands debated South Korea and Canada today. Teams have now moved into the Capetown Ritz, although there have been reports of room misallocation, cockroaches, air-conditioning problems and the like. Some teams even appear to have moved to a different hotel as a result. A significant number of participants have also noted the considerable heat in South Africa, coupled with the lack of air-conditioning in a number of debate venues, which should make for a rather ‘heated’ WSDC 2012.

The only event held today was the Opening Ceremony at Jameson Plaza at UCT. The WSDC organizers have some nice photos in their twitter stream of the venue, see!/WSDC2012 for more pictures. The ceremony was preceded by drinks and snacks in the Plaza as well as a number of performances in the plaza. The actual ceremony itself included speeches by the VC of Cape Town University, Beth James on behalf of WSDC and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Tomorrow will see Round 1 and Round 2 completed.

Jameson Plaza - WSDC 2012 Opening Ceremony

Top Posts of the Year 2011

2011 is coming to a close, and has grown another year older, 27 months and counting. There have been over 88,700 views since this blog began in October 2009, and over 550 posts (recall just 12 months ago, that number stood at a little over 180) which means that the “Posting at least once every week in 2011” commitment became more of a ‘Posting once a day’. It’s been an amazing year in terms of the blog, nearly 66,000 views just this year. So here’s a look back at the top posts of 2011.

1. WSDC 2011 – Team Lists [1st all time]
Part of the WSDC 2011 series, the posts resided in sidebar of for over 8 months in the run-up to WSDC 2011 in Dundee, listing the team members attending WSDC 2011, at least those I could find.

2. Fire at UWC Atlantic College [2nd all time]
Other than debating, this was undoubtedly the second biggest story of the blog this year. I started this post 2 hours after the incident itself and continued updating it as a running summary of the situation.

3. TOK Essay – May 2012 [3rd all time]
Let’s just say this has not been the highlight of my Christmas holiday.

4. Fire at UWC Atlantic College – Photo Set 1 [4th all time]
The first images of the aftermath of the fire. Incidentally, April 14th was the busiest day on the blog with just under 1,300 views in just 24 hours.

5. [RESULTS] LSE Open 2011 [Tab]
A tournament I attended with David as my debating partner, joined by other Team Wales member Cat and Sarah. An amazing experience and my first peek into university level debating. You can read about what happened in my de-facto diary entry 1, 2 and see how Team Wales fared.

6. WSDC 2011 – Official World Rankings
Also part of the WSDC 2011 series, the official world rankings followed my earlier, and rather more controversial, post with my own calculations (which were quite accurate, even if I say so myself)

7. AC IB Results 2011
A good year for AC and some good results all together for my dear second years. Sadly, that puts the bar quite high for the UWC AC class of 2012.

8. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round-up
The ultimate summary of my final high-school tournament – WSDC 2011 – before I left the high-school debating scene. An amazing tournament and some unforgettable memories. Thank you to everyone.

9. Fire @UWC Atlantic College – Photo Set 2
The second set of photos regarding the Sunley fire, this time with my own photos.

10. SCMP – Profile: Chris Lee (IS) IGCSE Top of the World
A not so original post, but an article that did catch my eye, and clearly attracted quite a bit of attention too.

Honorary Mentions

I think it is worth noting at this point that although only 3 WSDC 2011 related posts were found in the top 10, and only 4 debating related posts, the next 10 posts are exclusively debating related, 8 of which are WSDC 2011 related as well. August 2011 was also the most popular month for with nearly 14,000 views. A final thought: isn’t it interesting that Team Singapore, Team Canada and Team England come in as top posts on their own?

11. WSDC 2011 – Team Singapore
12. WSDC 2011 – Media Guide [UPDATED]
13. WSDC 2012 – Prepared Motions [UPDATED]
14. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round 1 & 2
15. WSDC 2011 – Team Canada
16. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Break, Round 7 & 8
17. WSDC 2011 – Team England
18. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round 5 & 6
19. ASDC 2011 – Participating Institutions
20. WIDPSC 2011 – Grand Final [RESULTS] + Analysis

WSDC 2011 – Team Canada

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.

The National Team Try out were graciously hosted by Glenlyon Norfolk School on April 22nd and 23rd, 2010. 10 debaters were invited to the National Team Summer training Camp in Toronto from July 4th to July 10th.

For WSDC 2011, Team Canada will be

  • Debi Ogunrinde (Halifax Grammar School, Nova Scotia)
  • Peter McCauley (West Point Grey Academy, British Columbia)
  • Nic Martin (St. John’s Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, Manitoba) {Member of Team Canada for WIDPSC 2011}
  • Liz Stratton (Branksome Hall, Toronto, Ontario) {Member of Team Canada for WIDPSC 2009}
  • Sam Rappaport (Lower Canada College, Quebec)

The two alternates are:

  • Ashley Bowron (West Point Grey Academy, British Columbia)
  • Nicholas Carverhill (Walter Murray Secondary, Saskatoon)

Team Canada will be coached by Ms. Tracey Lee, WSDC Team Canada coach in 2009 and 2010. This will be her final stint as Team Canada coach as Team Canada 2012 will be co-coached by Elisa Frank and Josh Judah.

Team Canada 2011