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No Debating Amy’s On Top

posted 13 Jun 2016, 13:54 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 13 Jun 2016, 20:47 ]

Dio Head Girl Amy Spittal has been selected as one of five New Zealanders to represent the country at the World Debating Championships in Stuttgart, Germany in July. Her selection for the team follows her being named Best Speaker at both the Russell McVeagh Waikato/Bay of
Plenty inter-school debates and the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships this year.

“I love that debating gives me the opportunity to engage with issues, which are often very topical and relevant to society, that I would otherwise not really discuss,” says Amy. Topics of recent debates have included universal basic income and extending the student loan scheme to
international universities.

Debating requires the ability to think on your feet and to speak with very few notes - at the national championships, teams were told the topic they would be debating only an hour beforehand. “I think that debating has improved my public speaking skills incredibly, which has
been very helpful for the speaking capacity of my role as Head Girl, whether that be in a formal setting or simply jumping up at the end of assembly to improvise a notice.”

Many of the weekends leading up to the World Championships will be spent with the New Zealand team and coaches in Wellington practising debates and refining their skills. At the competition they’ll be facing teams from all around the world. The debates will be held in English.