Sunday, September 21, 2014

Team Sri Lanka at the World Schools Debating Championship 2014 - Bangkok, Thailand

The World Schools Debating Championship 2014 was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 5th to 15th August 2014. The following students represented Sri Lanka at the tournament:

1) Maya De Silva Wijeyeratne - Ladies' College
2) Eran Fernando - Colombo International School
3) Shechem Sumanthiran - Royal College
4) Daniel Ferdinandusz - St. Joseph's College
5) Sharuka Wikramanayake - S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia

The young team did well to win 3 of the 7 preliminary debates they took part in, and missed out on improving that record due to Team Namibia's absence at the tournament.

The team lost unanimously to former champions Singapore and this year's ESL champions Malaysia, and split judges off Argentina and tournament heavy-weights Ireland in very close debates.

The team maintained Sri Lanka's clean streak against Japan, and also reversed the record by defeating USA unanimously, and Israel by a 2-1 margin.

Eran Fernando was ranked 8th on the 'English as a Second Language' speaker tab, and 48th on the overall speaker tab.

Our congratulations to the team on its individual and collective performances at the competition.

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