SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Old Boy Debates Overseas

12-Sep-2011

Debating is a life-long skill as shown by Daniel Dummer OKG'08, who has continued to use his skills overseas as well as in Australia, with success. Some highlights:

2009
Debated at: Australs (Monash University)
Adjudicated at: Easters (University of Queensland), Worlds (Koç University, Turkey)

2010
Debated at: Easters (University of Melbourne), Australs (University of Auckland)
Adjudicated at: FLTRP National English Debating Competition (Beijing, China)

2011
Debated at: Easters (University of Adelaide), Australs (Chung Ang University, Seoul - his team ranked 12th after preliminary rounds, and competed in pre-octo final).
Adjudicated at: United Asian Debating Championships (University of Macau - ranked 27th as adjudicator and judged the EFL [English as a Foreign Language] quarter finals).
President, Macquarie University Debating Society
Best of all - Year 8 coach at Knox!

Daniel said "I spend rather a lot of time debating - I have adjudicated various competitions for primary and secondary schools (Premier's, FED, ISDA, Rotary, others), convened and helped organise school tournaments at Macquarie, and run two debating and public speaking camps for Macquarie students (last year and this year). I'm aiming to attend Worlds this year in Manila!"

"For clarity, the full names of the above tournaments are; Easters = Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships, Australs = Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships and Worlds = World Universities Debating Championships.

"But these titles aren't generally used unless necessary, especially at Macquarie, because literally anyone can attend. The society secures a number of spots in advance, and most of the time we have enough spots to allow all interested people to attend, even those who might never have debated before. Saying that I attended "nationals" (ie. Easters) in my first year of university is accurate, but shouldn't imply that I had to earn my spot in any way! I had never adjudicated before and it was purely a training experience."

He modestly continued, "On the other hand, breaking in as an adjudicator at UADC in Macau this year was a pretty special thing! UADC isn't on our normal debating calendar (and I ended up being the only Australian there), but a Chinese friend from last year's FLTRP in Beijing encouraged me to attend and I'm so glad they did.

"The only moment that beat it was breaking at Australs in Seoul, which is not something I expect to happen ever again! I was in a team with Lachlan Umbers (coach of the Year 12 team), who is far cleverer than me, and a friend called Amy, who is even cleverer! Ranking 12th was Macquarie's best result in several years, and it was unfortunate that the tournament introduced pre-octo finals this year to widen the elimination rounds. Without pre-octos, we would have qualified for the octo-final (and surely been knocked out by Sydney University at that point), but as it happened, we lost in the pre-octos narrowly to Queensland University (who we had defeated, just as narrowly, back in round 1). So UQ took our spot in the octo-final against Sydney. But we had a great time, and were immensely happy to get as far as we did - I am especially grateful, since I really rode Amy's and Lachlan's coattails throughout the competition."

For more information about Daniel, there are some articles to link to:

Macquarie Globe: www.international.mq.edu.au/globe/default.aspx?id=240&EditionID=347  

News from the FLTRP competition in Beijing (Chinese!): http://bbs.fltrp.com/viewthread.php?tid=48731  It's a blog repost, not the original, but the content is the same.

Translation for above: http://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&u=http://bbs.fltrp.com/viewthread.php%3Ftid%3D48731&ei=QTJtTsiZIu-ciAfBgOXUBA&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFoQ7gEwCA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dfltrp%2Bdaniel%2Bdummer%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26prmd%3Divnso