World Champions


The SADA congratulates the Australian Schools' Debating Team on winning the 2013 World Schools' Debating Championships, held in Antalya, Turkey. The team defeated Swaziland in the Grand Final, successfully arguing that Turkey would be better off outside of the European Union.

The SADA also congratulates Bo Seo (NSW), Zoe Brown (SA) and Tyronne Connell (Vic), who ranked as the 1st, 6th and 10th best speakers at the tournament, respectively. The SADA is particularly proud of Zoe's achievement, given that she has only just finished year 11 and is a product of the UniSA SADA Schools' Competition. Zoe was part of the South Australian Schools' State Debating Team that finished 4th at the 2012 National Schools' Debating Championships, which were held in Hobart.

Zoe's participation at the World Championships was made possible by her selection on the South Australian Schools' State Debating Team, which is coached by the SADA. Trials for the 2013 team take place in March. Interested students should visit for more information and to register their interest in attending the trials.

For more information about the World Schools' Debating Championships, please visit:

Junior Grand Finals


The SADA Grand Finals for the Junior, Intermediate B and Intermediate A Grades took place on Sunday 4 November. At the Junior level, Wilderness was successful in convincing the panel of adjudicators that the government should fund private schools. It was a narrow win over St Peter's Girls, with the panel splitting 3-2. Joyce Fang of Wilderness was awarded the inaugural Jacobs McEwen Medal for best speaker.

In the Intermediate B Final, Seymour was triumphant over Wilderness, arguing that Lance Armstrong should be condemned, both for his use of performance-enhancing drugs and his behaviour over the last 20 years. In this decision the panel was unanimous but all by close margins.

Loreto was the winning team at the Intermediate A level. In another 3-2 split decision, the majority of the panel was convinced by Loreto that we do not do enough to promote animal welfare. Two members of the panel instead believed Seymour's argument that there has been significant progress over the last few decades. The Simon Slade Medal for best speaker was awarded to Monique Pisaniello.

Senior Grand Finals Result


The SADA wishes to congratulate the winners of the Senior Grand Finals, which took place on Sunday 26 August.

In Senior B, Seymour girls Lucy Duldig, Gen Stanley and Sarah Abell, with the help of Anna Fitzgerald and Samantha Batt, successfully argued that Indigenous Australians are still second class citizens against St Peter's College. They secured a unanimous victory, with Sarah Abell being awarded the Peter Barry Medal for Best Speaker. 

Seymour was also successful over Walford in Senior A. Zoe Brown, Soraya Pradhan and Annabel Comerford, supported by Lucy Thomas and Suzannah Hewson, convinced the adjudicators that the media is not irresponsible. Soraya was given the Fran Conroy Medal for Best Speaker.

Zoe Brown, Seymour, was also awarded the Todd Golding Medal for outstanding commitment to the South Australian State Team and performance at the National Schools' Debating Championships in Tasmania at the start of August. 



Nationals Performance


Team Performance


After a great run at the National Schools' Debating Championships the South Australian Schools' State Debating Team finished fourth. They lost the semi-final in a split decision on the topic 'that there is no place for religion in politics'.  One adjudicator awarded the debate to SA however the other two members of the adjudicator panel gave the debate to Victoria.   


Overall this is a great performance by South Australia, especially given that three of the team members are only in year 11. This year's performance again shows the strength of the SADA's debating programs. Over the past six years South Australian teams have made the finals five times at Nationals.


The SADA congratulates this year’s team members Gordon Wicks (St Peter's College) (Captain), Zoe Brown (Seymour College), Soraya Pradhan (Seymour College), Luke Lehmann (Cornerstone College) and their coaches Warwick Ambrose and Jack Batty on their performance.


Well done to Victoria who won Nationals, to NSW and Queensland who finished above the South Australian Team and all the other states and territories for a great week of debating.


Australian Team Selection

Zoe Brown was selected on the Australian Schools’ Debating Team and Soraya Pradhan was selected as a reserve to the Australian Schools’ Debating Team.  This is an amazing achievement for both of these students given that they are only in year 11. National selection is highly competitive and so the SADA congratulates both Zoe and Soraya. It is a reflection of their outstanding ability and a well deserved reward for all their hard work.  Zoe will travel to Turkey in January 2013 to represent Australia at the World Schools’ Debating Championships.    


The SADA facilitates participation at Nationals and selection on the Australian Team due to its position as the sole South Australian affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation.  

Senior Quarter Finals


The SADA is pleased to announce the quarter finalists for the senior grades.  They will debate at St Peter's College on Wednesday 15 August begining at 6.30 pm.

Senior A

  1. Seymour College
  2. Walford Anglican School for Girls
  3. St Peter's College 1
  4. Cornerstone College
  5. St Ignatius' College 1
  6. St Dominic's Priory College II
  7. Norwood Morialta High School
  8. St Peter's College II

Senior B

  1. Loreto College II
  2. Scotch College I
  3. Seymour College 1
  4. St Peter's College III
  5. St Peter's College V
  6. St Ignatius' College I
  7. Wilderness School III
  8. Wilderness School IV

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