Sunday, March 29, 2009

World Schools Debating Championships 2009

The 2009 edition of the World Schools Debating Championships was held in Athens, Greece from the 9th to 19th of February. Sri Lanka was represented at the tournament by the following

Prawira Saldin - Captain
David Rajasingham
Sandaruwani De Silva
Themal Ellawela
Vinura Ladduwahetty

Coach - Mr. Sachintha Dias

The Debaters performed beyond expectations at the Championships being ranked 17th out of a total of 40 teams. However since only the top 16 qualify for the Octo Finals, the team fell hearbreakingly close to breaking at the championships for the 1st time. The team of 5 beat countries in the likes of Slovenia, Mexico, India and Japan whilst losing creditably to Canada, Netherlands, Greece and Wales. 

Sri Lanka was also placed 4th on the tab of English as a Second Language (ESL) countries. 

Special commendation is due to David, Prawira and Sandaruwani who were ranked 54th, 56th and 62nd in the overall individual speaker tab and 10th, 11th and 13th in the ESL tab respectively.

Kudos to all concerned!

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