The Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating team narrowly lost to England in the quarter-finals of the World Schools’ Debating Championships. New Zealand affirmed the motion that “This House believes that the gay rights movement should ‘out’ gay celebrities.” In a 3-2 decision, in a debate descibed as of exceptional quality and excruciatingly close, New Zealand unfortunately lost.
Well done to all the team members – Nick Orr, Ed Foley, Rayhan Langdana, Thomas Simpson, and James Penn – for their performance at Worlds. Also well done to the two coaches – Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna and Udayan Mukherjee.
The grand final will take place this evening between Scotland and Wales.