Over the new year the World University Debating Championships was hosted in Mexico City.
Otago University was well represented by Craig Stanton who attended as an adjudicator. He had a fantastic time and certainly did OUDS proud!
The wider New Zealand continent also did extremely well with Vic A breaking 44th making it to the Otcofinals (sadly to be knocked out by Oxford A and Cambridge A), Bronte Page from Aucland also had the great honour of breaking as a judge.
The exec is in full swing, preparing an exciting year of debating for 2018. All new members are welcome!
For all updates please follow our Facebook page.
Over the weekend Otago managed to have some fantastic representation in the Auckland IV. Both John BP and Joe A made it to the final (however in opposing teams).
Sadly however the dam north Islanders managed to take out the final. Though we were so proud of everyone from Otago who went along.
Sadly that wraps up the Australasian debating circuit for 2018 but their is still Mexico WUDC to go and we will have updates for you available on our Facebook page.
This weekend OUDS has a small contingent participating at Auckland IV.
John BP, Kerrin, Dan D and Joe A will be flying the flag for Otago and we are sure will represent us well against the Northerners.
Will have updates for you on our Facebook page.
This weekend 5 members of OUDS is jumping the ditch to try and beat the Australians on their own turf in Sydney.
Otago wishes the best of luck to
Otago 1: Joe A, Emilly W
Otago 2: Connor S, Joe G
Make sure to follow our Facebook page as we will be posting plenty of updates on how they manage to cope in the Australian heat.
Otago is proud to announce some success that was experienced over the weekend at the the final of NZBP
Otago had excellent representation in the final, with three speaker across two teams.
Emily Williams, Joe Ascroft and John Brinsley-Pirie. Alice Sowry also broke as a judge, chairing the semis.
This is a fantastic showing and our Society should be extremely proud. Next up on the BP circuit is Sidny Mini and we will have updates for you on our Facebook page.
This weekend Otago had the honour of hosting SIIV with the assistance of Alice Sowry, who was kind enough to make the trip down to Dunedin and be our CA.
In addition we were able to edge out the competition and in a great grand final debate Factory A (Joe Ascroft and Joe Garry) were crowned the winners for 2017. Joe and Joe also managed to win Best Speaker and Best Otago Novice, respectively.
Congratulations also goes to Harrison Smith (Best Canterbury Novice) and Bridget Scott (best School Age Speaker).
This event shows the Cantago spirit still runs strong; we are already looking forward to SIIV 2018!
Last night OUDS healed its 2017 AGM. In what I must say was record time.
Firstly a big thank you must go to our outgoing president Joe A alongside all of the other outgoing members of the 2017 executive.
Secondly congratulations (or in some peoples opinion commiserations) to the 2018 executive
President : Connor Seddon
Vice president : Grace Belworthy
Secretary-treasurer: Keegan Burrow
Development officer: Emily Williams
Novice development officer : Joe Garry
Schools representative: Nick Robertson
Externals officer: Caroline Moratti
Equity officer: Selena Ballantyne
Women's portfolio: Emily Williams
As part of the AGM we also gave out the 2017 awards these went to:
Most promising speaker: Selena Ballantyne
Best adjudicator: Courtney Cunningham
Best speaker: Emily Williams
President's award for contribution to the executive: Keegan Burrow
Motupohue Medal for Service To Bluff Cup: Craig Stanton
For the full AGM records please look here
Also make sure to follow our Facebook page as we will be posting plenty of updates over the coming days for SIIV
Otago is doing amazingly well this year at Aus Wom*ns. We have broken a team (O1) as well as two judges.
The quarter finals have just finished and we are now weighting with bated breath to find out if Otago will make it through to the next round.
A link to a video of the debate can be found here
For further updates on Otago's success please follow our Facebook page
OUDS has announced the date of the AGM for 2017. This will be on Thursday the 25th of September 2017. This will in Seminar Room 5, Richardson Building.
If you want any information on how the AGM will run please refer to our constitution which can be found here.
If you have any further questions please contact any member of the sitting executive.
If you don't think you can make it please follow Otago's Facebook page to find out about what lands up happening.
All Life and General members are able to vote so come along and partake in democracy.
It may not come as a surprise to those who are aware of the long and storied history of South Island debating that Otago and Canterbury have the pleasure of holding the most exclusive tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
SIIV (not to be confused with The Sieve) remains one of the few debating tournaments in the world that requires an invitation to attend.
The tournament this year will be hosted by Otago. The style is British Parliamentary and teams are pro-am.
This year the tournament will be the weekend of the 30th of September.
If you are lucky enough to be on the invite list we look forward to seeing you their.
If you have not received an invitation we are sorry but we have limited places and a long list of speakers who are eligible. However don't worry their is always next year.
For updates on Cantago's next big adventure please follow Otago's Facebook page