Young Wellington debaters to represent NZ

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Last updated 10:15 21/08/2012
Edward Foley
Debating the issues: Edward Foley impresses audiences with his debating skills.

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Two Wellington secondary school students will be speaking up at New Zealand at next year's World Debating Championships in Turkey.

Edwards Foley, from Wellington College, and Jemima Lomax-Sawyers, from St Mary's College, have been selected for the New Zealand Debating team.

Last week teams from Wellington, Auckland, Canterbury, Otago-Southland, Hawke's Bay, Northland, Central North Island, Waikato and Marlborough took part in seven preliminary rounds of debates.

The debated issues such as whether Maori should be compulsory in schools, Barack Obama should be re-elected, and whether state-owned enterprises should be sold.

Both Foley and Lomax-Sawyers were members of the Wellington Black team, which faced a Waikato team in the national final, held in the Council Chamber at Parliament.

A panel of seven adjudicators named Waikato as the winning team, and Thomas Simpson from Hamilton Boys' High School as the tournament's top speaker.

However,  Foley and Lomax-Sawywers impressed adjudicators and were selected for the national team.
This is the third time Foley has been selected to represent New Zealand.

"I attended the last two Worlds in Dundee and Cape Town and our team reached the octo-final and quarter-final respectively after ranking second in preliminary rounds," he said.

"Hopefully in Turkey we can perform even better."

The other students also selected for the national team were James Penn, Otago; Ashley Varney, Auckland; Thomas Simpson, Waikato, and Callum Lo from Hawkes Bay as the reserve.

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