Upper Canada College debaters put in very solid performances in a tournament featuring teams from across Canada at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. over the weekend.
Kimathi Muiruri shone brightest among his teammates, as he placed second overall among the more than 200 participants in the tournament.
UCC’s debating teams went undefeated with a combined 5-0 record after the first round and didn’t let up much after that. They had won-loss records of 9-1 after round two, 13-2 after round three and 17-3 after round four.
UCC A (Malcolm Risk and Muiruri), UCC C (Brent Leung and Adil Natawalla) and UCC D (Adam Rothman and David Niddam-Dent) placed in the top 16 teams overall. Unfortunately, UCC A and UCC D were placed in the same octo-final bracket, with UCC C in the same quarter-final bracket. UCC A progressed to the semi-finals, where it lost in a very tough and well-fought debate.
While Muiruri led the way for UCC individually, Risk placed 13th, Matthew Wang 20th, Rothman 22nd, Leung 27th, Niddam-Dent 35th and Natawalla 37th.
“We would like to thank our teacher supervisors, Ms. Courtney Turner and Ms. Lulu Wang, as well as coach Mr. Lewis Fainer, for accompanying the boys through thick and thin, providing moral support for all of our debaters,” said Matthew Wang.