A New Zealand Development Team of 5th formers from around New Zealand is currently in Doha, Qatar for a mini-World Schools’ Debating Championships. The tournament is designed for for developing countries and those new to the World Schools format; however New Zealand was also invited to attend.
With the current New Zealand team all having exams, the Executive (with the aid of regional convenors) selected a New Zealand development team to participate in the tournament. The team is: Sophie Boot (Christchurch Girls’ High School), Tim Robinson (St Bede’s College), James Penn (Wanganui High School), Nick Orr (Auckland Grammar School) and Alex Morris (Karamu High School).
The team is being coached by Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna (the current NZ team coach) and is also accompanied by NZSDC alumnus Ranald Clouston, who will be adjudicating the tournament.
The Council thanks QatarDebate for their generosity in flying the team to Qatar and hosting them for the duration of the tournament.