2014 State Team Trials


Trials for the 2014 South Australian Schools' State Debating Team are being held over November and December in 2013. Any school student who will be in years 10-13 in 2014 is welcome to try out for the team. For more information click here.

Senior Grand Finals Result


The SADA congratulates the winners and runners-up of the 2013 Senior A and B Grade Grand Finals, held on Sunday 8 September.

At Senior B Seymour College students Alexandra Lowe, Britt Mashado and Amy Badenoch, assisted on the day and in earlier finals by Florencia Moraga and Kathleen Farmilo, successfully argued that sporting clubs should be responsible for the misbehaviour of their players. The adjudicators found unanimously for Seymour over St Dominic’s Priory College. Congratulations also to Seymour’s Alexandra Lowe for being awarded the Peter Barry Medal for Best Speaker.

Seymour also triumphed in the Senior A Grand Final over St Peter’s College. Seymour students Zoe Brown, Soraya Pradhan and Sarah Abell, with the help of team member Anna Fitzgerald, convinced the panel of adjudicators that the government should fund private schools. Peter Robertson of St Peter’s College was awarded the Fran Conroy Medal for Best Speaker.

Our congratulations also go to Zoe Brown of Seymour College for receiving the Todd Golding Medal for outstanding commitment to the South Australian Schools’ State Debating Team and performance at the National Schools’ Debating Championships in Canberra in August this year. Both Zoe and fellow student Soraya Pradhan were also selected for the Australian Schools’ Debating Team – a great honour for the students and a testament to their hard work.

Historic Nationals Result


The SADA congratulates the South Australian Schools' State Debating Team on making the Grand Final of the 2013 National Schools' Debating Championships, which were held in Canberra in August. This is the first time that South Australia has made the Grand Final since 1997.

In addition, Zoe Brown and Soraya Pradhan were selected on the Australian Schools' Debating Team, placing them in the top 5 debaters in the country.

The State Team consisted of:

  • Zoe Brown (Captain) (year 12 Seymour College)
  • Tyson Leung (year 11 Walford Anglican School for Girls)
  • Peter Robertson (year 11 St Peter's College)
  • Soraya Pradhan (year 12 Seymour College)
  • Sarah Abell (Reserve) (year 11 Seymour College)
  • Hamish Richardson (Reserve) (year 11 Christian Brothers College)

The team was coached by Lloyd Wicks and accompanied by Gen Lewis and Alyssa Pradhan, who adjudicated at the tournament.

This result is a testament to the strength of the SADA's debating programs and the talent and dedication of the students on the team.

The 2014 Nationals will be held in Melbourne in May. All secondary students in South Australia in year 9 and above are eligible to try out for the State Team. Information about trying out for the 2014 State Team will be published on closer in the coming months.

2013 State Team Selected


Over 30 of the best debaters in South Australia participated in the Senior Debating Workshops, which were held during March. These workshops aim to prepare students for debating in the SADA's senior grades but also form the basis of selection for the South Australian Schools' State Debating Team. The top 12 debaters from these workshops are selected to participate in further trials. The SADA commends the following students for their selection in the final 12:

  • Britt Mashado (Seymour College)
  • Esther Jones (Walford Anglican School for Girls)
  • Hamish Richardson (Christian Brothers College)
  • Hannah Short (Scotch College)
  • Helena Karapetis (Wilderness School)
  • Monique Pisaniello (Loreto College)
  • Peter Robertson (St Peter's College)
  • Sarah Abell (Seymour College)
  • Soraya Pradhan (Seymour College)
  • Sree Huku Mathi Rao (St Peter's College)
  • Tyson Leung (Walford Anglican School for Girls)
  • Zoe Brown (Seymour College)

After watching the above students take part a number of highly competitive debates, the following six students were selected on the State Team Squad. After a month of further training, the positions within the squad have been finalised as follows: 


  • Zoe Brown (Captain) (Seymour College)
  • Peter Robertson (St Peter's College)
  • Soraya Pradhan (Seymour College)
  • Tyson Leung (Walford Anglican School for Girls)


  • Sarah Abell (Seymour College)
  • Hamish Richardson (Christian Brothers College)

These students will now undertake intensive training in the lead up to the 2013 National Schools' Debating Championships, which will be held in Canberra in August.

We hope that all students enjoyed the Senior Debating Workshops and look forward to following the progress of the State Team over the coming months.

SADA Patron: the Chief Justice of South Australia


We are delighted to announce that Chief Justice Kourakis of the Supreme Court of South Australia has accepted our invitation to become the SADA's Patron.

His Honour's acceptance of the position of Patron affirms the strong ties between debating and legal practice. Many members of the South Australian legal profession, including the judiciary, speak fondly of their experiences of debating at school, university and, of course, in the court room. They also recognise the valuable contribution the skills they developed as debaters have made to their careers as barristers or solicitors. The SADA is fortunate to be able to count a number of distinguished members of the legal profession among its alumni and adjudicator pool.

We look forward to working with the Chief Justice and to hearing him speak at some of our events over the course of the year.

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