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UCC debaters place second and ninth at regional qualifier

Upper Canada College debate club members competed at the 2016 Oxford Cup Qualifier, hosted by the Ontario Student Debating Union at Havergal College, on Oct. 29.

Four teams debated a diverse and challenging series of resolutions that covered topics such as: legalization of performance-enhancing drugs; using trophy hunting to fund wildlife conservation in Namibia; and weighing the votes of youth twice as heavily as other citizens in elections.

The UCC students who attended were Malcolm Risk, Brent Leung, Emerson Braithwaite, Adil Natalwalla, Alex Quinn, Matthew Wang, Julian Samek and Shafiq Qaadri.

Risk and Leung were undefeated going into the semi-final round and won that to make it to the final, debating the challenging resolution of “This house applauds the rise of songs by female pop stars that promote assertive female sexuality.”

They pair lost in the final round debating the resolution “This house believes that governments of developing nations should actively encourage slum tourism.” Risk and Leung qualified for the national championships later this month in Winnipeg. That event will decide the top Canadian teams to send to the Oxford Cup in the United Kingdom.

Risk was ranked second speaker out of 104 students in the tournament while Leung ranked ninth.

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