Sunday, October 5, 2014

Royal College Crowned Undefeated Champions at 9th Sri Lanka Schools Debating Championship

The Grand Final of the 9th Sri Lanka Schools Debating Championship was held on 4th October 2014, between Ananda College (A) and Royal College (A).

Having won all seven preliminary rounds, Royal College (A) made their way to the final by defeating Royal College (B) in the quarters and S. Thomas' College (A) in the semis, while Ananda College (A)'s journey to the final involved defeating Ananda College (B) in the partial octos, Colombo International School (A) in the quarters, and Ladies' College (B) in the semis.

Ananda College (A) was represented by

Gihan Samarawickrama
Oshada Abhayasundara
Dinusha Pathirana
Binura Gunasekara (R)

while Royal College (A) comprised

Shechem Sumanthiran
Senith Abeyanayake
Sidath Samarasinghe

The motion for the Grand Final was - eventually - 'This house believes that it is justifiable to use violence in the protection of the environment', and was proposed by Ananda College. At the end of the heated exchange, the adjudicators' decision went 6-1 in favour of the opposition, making Royal College (A) the undefeated Champions of the competition, with a winning streak of 10 debates.

Charith Gunasekara of S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, and Maya de Silva Wijeyeratne of Ladies' College were joint Best Speakers of the championship.

Our congratulations to the winning team and speakers, and to the organizers for another well run tournament.

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