Debaters compete in OSDU and Fulford League events

The recent weeks have been busy ones for the Trinity College School debate team, as four teams debated over the weekend of Parent-Teacher Meetings at two different tournaments.

Andrew Youssef, Ben Traugott, Aman Bhargava and Geoffrey Baxter had the privilege of representing the School at the Ontario Student Debating Union Provincial Championships in Ottawa from February 24th to 26th. The experience was an incredible learning opportunity that featured three full days of debate for our students, with everyone getting the opportunity to debate six times. Our students rose ably to the challenge, debating in a totally different format than what they usually practice and compete in. Both Aman and Geoffrey are to be commended for their 23rd place finish in the province. All are now better positioned for another run at provincials next year.

On February 25th, Opeyemi Dinah, Shreya Langhe, Alex Murphy and Titia Walsh represented the School at the Winter Fulford League Debate at Royal St. George’s College in Toronto. The prepared debate resolution was on whether Canada should adopt more free trade as a matter of economic policy. Students had to debate both sides of that motion, and then debate an impromptu motion as well. Our students fared well considering that this was the first Fulford League debate for all of them. In the debate community it is common knowledge that the best practice for debate is actually going to as many debates as possible, so our students will be well served to continue on with Fulford League and non-Fulford debates for next year. A special note of praise goes to Alex and Titia, who finished the tournament in 10th place and 15th place, respectively.  

- By Keith Brooks, debate coach