The SADA

Founded in 1965, the SADA is South Australia’s largest, longest running and most recognised debating association, running a successful schools competition since 1966. For over 50 years the SADA has focused on providing inclusive debating programs with a strong educational focus, allowing all students to develop and to enjoy debating.

The SADA provides South Australia’s most comprehensive debating program, which includes:

  • competitions for primary, secondary and tertiary students;
  • education programs designed to suit the needs of individual schools and clubs;
  • adjudicator training and accreditation in line with national standards; and
  • providing students with opportunities to debate at national and international competitions.

The SADA aims to:

  • engage students and improve their confidence and public speaking;
  • improve students’ analytical skills and the ability to develop persuasive arguments;
  • expand participants’ knowledge on a range of social, political, scientific and moral issues;
  • instill an appreciation of different perspectives and new ideas; and
  • foster teamwork, research skills and discipline.

The SADA is South Australia’s sole affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation. National affiliation recognises the quality of the SADA’s debating program and rigorous adjudicator accreditation process. This affiliation affords the SADA access to the latest developments in debating both Australia-wide and internationally, ensuring that the SADA continues to run an engaging program which benefits students’ personal and academic development.

Executive Committee

President - Emily Denbigh

Emily joined the Executive in 2013 as a Zone Steward after becoming an adjudicator in 2012. In 2015 and 2016 she served as the Vice President Development and in 2017 as Treasurer.

Vice President - Soraya Pradhan

Soraya joined the Executive in 2014 as a Zone Steward, was the IPSHA Competition Administrator and Assistant State Team Coach in 2015, the State Team Coach in 2016 and a Vice President in 2017. During secondary school she was a member of the State Team for two years. She was selected as a reserve for the Australian Schools' Debating Team in 2012 and was selected on that team in 2013.

Treasurer & Immediate Past President - Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte served as President of the SADA in 2016 and 2017. She has previously served as the Secretary and Treasurer (2014 and 2015), Convenor of the National Schools’ Debating Championships (2015), Schools' Chief Administrator (2012 and 2013) and Zone Steward (2011).

Secretary - Alyssa Pradhan

Alyssa joined the Executive in 2012 as a Zone Steward, was the Adjudicator Manager in 2013, Vice President Administration in 2014 and Vice President Development in 2017.

Schools' Chief Administrator - Alex Lowe

Alex joined the SADA executive in 2016 as a Zone Steward and was the Schools' Chief Administrator in 2017. During secondary school she was a member of the State Team in 2015, after being a reserve in 2014.

Education Officer - Anna Kosmynina

Anna joins the SADA Executive after being an adjudicator in 2017. She has debated and adjudicated at the National, Australasian and World Universities Debating Championships and has five years' experience in coaching and adjudicating schools' debating.

Development Officer - Alexei Economou

Alexei joined the Executive in 2017 as a Zone Steward, after debating for the State Team in 2016.

IPSHA Competition Administrator - Helena Karapetis

Helena joined the Executive in 2016 as the IPSHA Competition Administrator and in 2017 was both the IPSHA Competition Administrator and Co-Coach of the State Team. During secondary school she was a Reserve on the State Team in 2014 and a member of the team in 2015.

Adjudicator Manager & Adelaide University Debating Society (AUDS) Representative - William Thomas

William was a member of the State Team in 2015, received an Honourable Mention at the 2015 National Schools’ Debating Championships, and was that year’s recipient of the Todd Golding Medal for his contribution to the Team. He joined the SADA Executive in 2016 as a Zone Steward.

State Team Co-Coaches - William Thomas & Tyson Leung

Tyson joined the SADA Executive as a Zone Steward in 2016 and served as Co-Coach in 2017. She was previously a State Team reserve in 2013 and a member of the team from 2014-15.

Zone Steward - Alexander Lai De Oliveira

Alexander joined the SADA Executive as a Zone Steward in 2017 after debating for the State Team in 2016.

General Member - Lloyd Wicks

Lloyd was the SADA President between 2011 and 2013 and IPSHA Competition Administrator from 2009-10. He adjudicated at the National Schools’ Debating Championships from 2010-2012 and coached the State Team from 2013-2015.