2013 Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships (Easters) Results
The USU had another incredibly successful Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships, with USU1 (Daniel Farinha, Steph White, Michael Rees) beating USU3 (Lucy Connell, Harry Stratton, Sarah Mourney) in a USU v USU Grand Final to win the championship! We also had 7 of the top 10 novice speakers, 4 breaking teams, 25 of the top 100 speakers, 7 breaking adjudicators and all 11 teams were in the top 35 teams of the tournament.
Congratulations to Michael Rees and Daniel Farinha who tied for the best overall speaker with an outstanding average of 78.5 points per round, with Michael also awarded the top novice speaker. Congratulations also to Harry Stratton (3rd), Subeta Vimalarajah & Tim Asimakis (equal 4th), Sarah Mourney (equal 7th), Tim Sullivan & Steph White (equal 9th) who also ranked in the top ten novice speakers, and to Felix Donovan as well who is classified as a pro and ranked 6th overall.
Congratulations as well to USU4 (Tim Sullivan, Tim Asimakis, Gabrielle McClymont) who broke 4th and were knocked out in the Quarter Finals, and to USU2 (Felix Donovan, Subeta Vimalarajah, Alexi Polden) who broke 12th but were capped out of the finals.
We also had 8 breaking adjudicators: Elle Jones, Daniel Swain, Emma Johnstone, Nick Chung, Evie Woodforde, Sam Molloy, Bec Barrett and Tim Matthews!
Finally, we must say thank you to our perennial lucky charm and angelic protector Louise Anthony for guiding us all through another fun and successful tournament.
Next year's Easters will be hosted by Monash University. See you there!
2013 Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships (Easters) Contingent Announcement
Selectors for our Easters contigent for 2013 praised the quality of all speakers who trialled. Congratulations to the following people who will be representing the University of Sydney Union at Griffith Easters 2013.
Daniel Farinha (contingent captain)
Reserve Team 1 (USU 12)
Reserve Team 2 (USU 13)
1. Elle Jones
2. Evie Woodforde
3. Sam Molloy
4. Nick Chung
5. Lucian Tan
6. Emma Johnstone
7. Antony Paul
8. Alex Downie
9. Solange Handley
10. Bec Barrett
11. Tim Matthews
12. Sean O'Grady
13. Luke Dassaklis
14. Kade Denton
2013 World Championships Contingent Announcement
Congratulations to the following people who have been selected to represent the University of Sydney Union at the 2013 World University Debating Championships in Berlin.
USU1: Elle Jones (cc), Daniel Swain
USU2: Paul Karp, Dom Bowes
USU3: Eleanor Gordon-Smith, Joanna Connolly
Congratulations as well to our two reserve teams:
USU4: Abigail McCarthy, Sriram Srikumar
USU5: Tim Matthews, Sara Smylie
Finally, congratulations to those selected to represent the USU as adjudicators in Berlin:
Evie Woodforde, Joe Ware, Nina Ubaldi, Sam Molloy
2012 Australasian Women's Debating Championships (Women's) Results
Congratulations to Joanna Connolly and Emma Johnstone for winning the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships!
The USU dominated Women's this year, breaking four teams, of which three made it to the Grand Final. The top 4 speakers were from the USU and we also had 9 of the top 15 speakers. More congratulations must go to Abigail McCarthy who was the best speaker at the tournament.
Team and speaker rankings can be found here: Women's Results 2012
2012 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships (Australs) Results
The USU was highly successful at the 2012 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships. Particular congratulations must go to USU3 (Bec Barrett, Nick Chung, Emma Johnstone) for breaking to the octofinals, USU1 (Elle Jones, Daniel Swain, Paul Karp) for competing in the quarterfinals and USU2 (Ed Miller, Dom Bowes, Nina Ubaldi) for competing in the semifinals.
The USU was also very successful on the individual speaker tab with four speakers placing within the top twenty: congratulations to Paul Karp (16th), Dom Bowes (12th), Elle Jones (4th) and Daniel Swain (3rd). Elle Jones was also crowned the best reply speaker at the tournament.
The complete team, speaker and reply tab can be accessed here.
Congratulations must also go to Annie Gribble and Felix Donovan who broke as adjudicators, Lucian Tan who adjudicated the ESL Grand Final and Daniel Farinha who adjudicated the Grand Final.
Finally, a heartfelt thanks to the adjudication core, co-convenors and organising committee for hosting a fantastic tournament, as well as to Louise Antony for sheparding the contingent through another IV and remaining our lucky charm as always.
2012 Australs Teams and Adjudicators Announcement
Congratulations to the following people who have been selected to represent the University of Sydney Union at the 2012 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships in Wellington, NZ. The selectors were very impressed with the standard and commented that Sydney had certainly lived up to its reputation.
The USU Australs Contingent for 2012 is:
USU 1 - Paul Karp (CC), Elle Jones, Daniel Swain
USU 2 - Ed Miller, Dom Bowes, Nina Ubaldi
USU 3 - Bec Barrett, Emma Johnstone, Nick Chung
USU 4 - Antony Paul, Alex Downie, Joe Ware
USU 5 - Solange Handley, Evie Woodforde, Angud Chawla
USU 6 - Sam Molloy, Tom Williamson, Olivia Ronan
Further Reserves (in ranked order):
(1) Tim Matthews
(2) Daniel Farinha
(3) Eric Shi
(4) Caitlin Gleeson
The USU adjudicating contingent for Australs 2012 is:
Lucian Tan, Felix Donovan, Daniel Farinha, Harry Stratton, Annie Gribble
Reserves (in order):
1. Sara Boo Smylie
2. Sam Molloy
3. Steph White
4. Tim Asimakos
5. Angus Abadee
2012 Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships (Easters) Results
Congratulations to Michael Rees, Steph White and Tim Matthews (USU 3) who are the new Australian Intervarsity Debating Champions!
The USU sent 10 teams and 16 adjudicators to compete at ANU Easters and was incredibly successful, with 8 adjudicators and 7 teams breaking to the finals and 6 novice speakers in the top 10.
Congratulations to USU 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 for breaking to the finals. A complete list of the team break can be found here:
Particular congratulation must also go to Daniel Farinha who was the best novice speaker at the tournament, as well as Alex Downie, Evie Woodforde, Felix Donovan, Angud Chawla and Emma Johnstone who also placed in the top 10 novice speakers. Congratulations as well to Tim Matthews who was the 4th best speaker overall but not an Easters novice and thus was not announced in the top 10 novice speakers. A compete list of the speaker rankings can be found here:
A big thank you to Louise Antony for being our lucky charm as always. Also to Claudia Newman-Martin, Kiran Iyer and our very own Elle Jones for being a wonderful adjudication core. And last but certainly not least to Jacqui Yates and Richard Keys for convening a wonderful tournament and Anthony Lieu for being a fantastic tab director.
2012 Easters Teams and Adjudicators Announcement
Congratulations to the following people who have been selected to represent the USU at ANU Easters 2012. The selection panel praised the talent of everyone who tried out and said that this was one of the biggest and strongest years yet.
USU 1 : Emma Johnstone, Daniel Farinha, Alex Downie (Contingent Captain)
[Mentors - Nina & Bronte]
USU 2 : Felix Donovan, Evie Woodforde, Caitlin Gleeson (C)
[Mentors - Dom & JB]
USU 3 : Steph White, Tim Matthews (C), Michael Rees
[Mentors - Bec Barrett & Anto]
USU 4 : Sara Smylie (C), Harry Stratton, Sam Murray
[Mentors - Ed & Nick Chung]
USU 5 : Tim Sullivan, Annie Gribble (C), Ben Adler
[Mentors - Coutts & Sam Molloy]
USU 6 : Angud Chawla (C), Natalie Czapski, Tim Asimakos
[Mentors - Eleanor Gordon-Smith & Lucian]
USU 7 : Jack Luxford, SOlange Handley, Lucy Connell (C)
[Mentors - Joe Ware & Laura Wilde]
USU 8 : Belle Whealing (C), Natasha Gillezeau, Andrew Bell
[Mentors - Tom Williamson & Bebe]
USU 9 : Sarah Mourney, Sam Monk, Subeta
[Mentors - Abbey & Koziol]
USU 10 : Jack Clifford, Alice Zhou, Eric Shi
Reserve Team One (USU 11) : James Daniel, Rachel Visontay, James Leeder
Reserve Team Two (USU 12) : Allegra Halpern, Olivia Ronan, Sean O'Grady
Reserve Team Three (USU 13) : Gabrielle McClymont, Sean Robertson, Mary Ward
Congratulations also to the following people who have been selected to represent the USU as adjudicators at ANU Easters 2012:
Caitlin Kendal, Sean O'Grady, James Burton, Ed Miller, Tom Williamson, Eleanor Gordon-Smith, Lucian Tan, Joe Ware, Abigail McCarthy, Sam Molloy, Antony Paul, Nick Chung, Rhys Pogonoski, Angus Abadee, Allegra Halpern.
2012 World Universities Debating Championships Results
The USU was extremely successful at the 2012 De La Salle Worlds with one team competing in the Grand Final, two speakers being placed in the top 10 in the world, three teams breaking to the finals and four of our adjudicators breaking as adjudicators. The results were good enough to maintain the USU's offical ranking as the best debating institution in the world, ahead of Yale (2nd), Monash (3rd) and Oxford (4th).
Particular congratulations must go to Daniel Swain and Elle Jones who were runners up in the Grand Final, Patrick Caldwell and Paul Karp who were ranked 7th and 4th best speakers in the world respectively, Bec Barrett and Rob Chiarella who broke to the octofinals and Bronwyn Cowell, Bronte Lambourne, Joanna Connolly and Tim Mooney who all broke as adjudicators.
Finally, a huge thanks must go to Louise Anthony, our lucky charm and USU representative who safely guided our contingent through the tournament and without whom it would not have been the same. From the entire contigent, thank you Louise.