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31 December 2001

Glasgow WUDC 2001

The championships returned to Glasgow for its 21st birthday. After 4 years of warm (or at least very mild) climates, the participants were greeted with the heaviest snow-fall in Glasgow's living memory. Round 9 had to be cancelled after large numbers of teams were struck down with some form of illness known by the pleasant name of the "Winter Vomiting Virus". However as the round one motion was announced at the wrong time in the adjudication briefing and another had to be used, the participants still got 9 preliminary round motions, if not 9 debates.

In addition, the tab system, based on that used at Sydney, continued to cause problems for tournament organisers, resulting in delays, and one team being accidentally excluded from the break (Cambridge). Despite all this, Sydney (Greg O'Mahoney and Paul Hunyor) came through to win and Paul Hunyor also took home the best speaker award. A prize of a large "Braveheart" style claymore sword for the winning team must have made for an interesting conversation at customs.


Sydney A


Motion: This House would Elect it's Judges
OG ULU B OO Kings Inns A
CG Sydney B CO Sydney A


Motion: This house would make reparations for Slavery

Semi 1:
OG Kings Inns A OO Melbourne B
CG Sydney A CO LaVerne

Semi 2:
OG Sydney B OO ULU B
CG Monash B CO ULU A


Motion: This House supports a one child policy

Qtr 1:
CG Sydney B CO Cambridge E

Qtr 2:
OG Princeton B OO ULU B
CG Monash B CO Cambridge A

Qtr 3:
OG Cambridge C OO Sydney A
CG Oxford C CO LaVerne B

Qtr 4:
OG Ottowa Law OO Kings Inns A
CG Melbourne B CO Kings Inns B
Motion: This House would outlaw genetic discrimination

Cambridge E (17) and Yale A (32) beat Melbourne A (1) and UCD L&H A (16).
Sydney A (2) and La Verne B beat TCD Hist A and Hart House B.
King's Inns A (3) and Ottawa Law (30) beat Ottawa A (19) and Cambridge B (14).
ULU B (4) and Monash B (13) beat King's Inns C (20) and Lincoln's B (29).
Cambridge A (28) and Princeton B (21) beat McGill A (5) and Monash A (12).
Melbourne B and King's Inns B beat Brandeis A and Memorial.
Cambridge B (26) and Oxford C (7) beat UWO (23) and Hart House A (10).
ULU A (8) and Sydney B (9) beat Western Australia A and Durham A.

ESL Competition

ESL Winners: Ateneo A (William Panlitio & Bobby Benedicto)

ESL Final:
Motion: This house believes that a language that needs protecting isn't worth protecting
OG Utrecht OO Ateneo A
CG IIUM A CO Nanyang A

World Masters
Masters Winner: Scotland B (Colm O'Cinneide & Ben Foss)

Motion: This house would squeeze the rich until the pip squeaks.
OG: England A (Matthew Gill and Mark Summers)
OO: Scotland A (Bob Dalrymple and Andy Hume)
CG: Australia A (Chris Fladgate and Tim Sonnreich)
CO: Scotland B (Ben Foss and Colm O'Cinneide)

Round 1: This house would censor hate
Round 2: This house believes that the rights of the child are paramount

World Public Speaking Championships 2001

Andrew Zadel

James McDermott
Danielle Archer
Ryan Knowles
Valarie Grant
Ben Brandzel
Greg Wilson

Round 1: 5 min prep on a film quote (e.g. "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get next")

Round 2: Prepared motion: "So long as even one hundred of us remain alive, we will never submit to the rule of the English"
Final: Impromptu

Preliminary Round Motions

1. This house would ban criminals from voting (Cancelled due to mis timed announcement)
1b. This house would give Europe it's own Army
2. This house would put a speed limit on human Traffic
3. This house would make company directors criminally liable for the wrongs of their company
4. This house believes the US should get out of the middle east
5. This house would make pollution a tradable commodity
6. This house would remove patents on pharmacutical drugs from the 3rd world.
7. This house believed that the WTO should grant exemptions to developing nations
8. This house would ban performance enhancing drugs in sport
9. Round Cancelled.

This History of the World Debating Championships comes in 3 parts. From 1976 to 1990 it is taken almost word for word from the 1991 Toronto WUDC Tournament booklet. Who wrote it isn't known but it was provided by Randal Horobik. At the start of the section on Worlds in 1981 is an extract from an e-mail by Clark McGinn, Convenor of Debates, GU Union 1980 -81 and 1981 and Convenor of the First World Debating Competition, 1981. The history since 1991 has been compiled initially by Colm Flynn and edited by many contributors to Wikipedia. Unfortunately Wikipedia deleted the history due to copyright concerns so we are back here. Hopefully anyone who contributed to the Wiki article before it was deleted will be happy to see their work preserved here.

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