09 Mar Senior debaters take regional title

DebatingThe Nayland College senior debating team have been crowned regional champions after taking out the Kahurangi-Marlborough Debating Championships.

The senior team, made up of Andre Castaing, Fynn Sawyer and Daniel Kirby, competed alongside two junior teams from Nayland to take on over 20 other teams from as far away as Buller.

Each team competed in at least four debates throughout the 12 hour day. Teams were given a moot for each debate, told if they were on the affirmative or negative side, and then given only half an hour to prepare their arguments. They were not allowed to use the internet, their teachers or mentors to help with their preparation. Students then had to deliver a speech of up to 6 minutes in length.

The senior team won three out of four of their debates, only losing to Nelson College for Boys. This was the team that they eventually beat in the final. The success continued for the team with both Andre and Fynn being selected for the regional team.

Although the junior teams didn’t win many debates, the day proved to be an excellent experience for the novice debaters. They enjoyed debating topics such as, there should be a racial quota for Oscar nominations, there should be a tax on sugary drinks and sports teams should be penalised for the behaviour of their fans.

The whole day was run by ex-student, champion debater and Rhodes Scholar, Kimberley Savill.