Australasian Junior Debate Championships 2023

The Australasian Junior Debate Championships is an annual regional debating tournament for elementary school students aged 7-13 in the Asia Pacific region. The tournament adheres to the Junior World Schools Debating Championships (Junior WSDC) Debating format. In this format, participants are challenged to craft compelling arguments within a 30-minute preparation period. These arguments are presented in their 4-minute substantive speeches and supported by their 3-minute reply speech. This competition is held every year in November, with participation from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, China and Japan, among others. As the largest elementary-level debate competition in the Asia Pacific region, we aim to enhance the eloquence and debating performance of junior debaters. This improvement is facilitated by a rigorous evaluation process conducted by a panel of accomplished debate specialists. In the 2023 edition of this championship, we feature acclaimed debaters and adjudicators from around the world to inspire and nurture the development and excellence of the participants.

General Information

04 Nov 2023 - 05 Nov 2023

08:00 AM - 06:30 PM
(GMT +8) Singapore
📍 Online | Slack and Zoom

Format

Debate

Junior WSDC
3 members per team

Eligibility

Junior (elementary school)

7-13 years
Asia Pacific region

Other important info

Other Important Information

AUJDC HandbookJunior WSDC RulebookTab Site

Participating Institutions

Previous editions of our esteemed competition have been participated by various prominent institutions:

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Our legacy

The Australasian Junior Debate Championships offer an exciting platform for elementary school students to engage in intellectual debate exchanges on concerning international social issues.

The goal of this Championship is to consistently uphold itself as a premier platform for students at the pre-university level of study in the region. This competition also aims to cultivate and acknowledge exceptional speakers and critical thinkers on both national and international stages. This event plays a crucial role in the Debate and Public Speaking series, which strives to crown Asian Champions in both aspects of English language proficiency. And we aim to offer a global platform for young students to participate in parliamentary debating in the English language.

Tournament Essentials

Demonstrate your debating prowess in the virtual arena with EduDrift’s Tournament Essentials.

  • Slack

    All communications between the Organising Team, Adjudication Core, and Participants will take place in the event's Slack Workspace.

  • Zoom

    The tournament briefing, announcements, and debate rounds where the Participants will meet the Organising Team, Adjudication Core, and Other Participants will be hosted on Zoom.

  • Functional Video and Audio Devices

    All participants are required to have functional video and audio devices to facilitate accurate evaluation by the judges of all performances.

  • Stable Internet Connection

    Stay connected throughout the duration of the competition with a strong and reliable internet connection.

Ellie Stephenson

Former Chief Adjudicator

Worlds Semi-Finalist, 2021

Ellie Stephenson is a well-known figure in the world of international debating competitions, where she serves as an adept adjudicator and a formidable debater. Her extensive experience in these roles has led her to become a trusted coach for several prestigious institutions in Sydney. Ellie believes that the key to achieving excellence in the realm of debate lies in cultivating several crucial skills and principles. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining an open mind with diverse viewpoints and actively engaging with opposing perspectives. Additionally, she underscores the critical role of confidence in the world of debating to project conviction in one’s arguments and to effectively capture the attention and respect of both adjudicators and opponents. Ellie also firmly advocates for dedicated effort, honing one's skills through rigorous training, and active participation in debates.

Featuring Renowned Adjudicators

EduDrift Championships bring together renowned debaters, judges, and coaches from diverse debating circuits around the globe.

  • Madeleine Bosler

    Worlds Top Speaker 2019, Worlds Octo Finalist 2019, Australs Semi Finalist 2019

  • Jasmine Ho

    Worlds Semi Finalist 2017, Australs Semi-Finalist 2016, Asian Grand Finalist 2014

  • Eden Blair

    Worlds Semi Finalist 2019, Australs Top Speaker 2019, Australs Semi Finalist 2019

Invited Adjudicators

These exceptional individuals have served as judges for previous EduDrift events.

  • Mubarrat Wassey

    Australs Champion 2016, Worlds Finals Judge 2020, Australs Finals Judge 2015

    Mubarrat is a celebrated debater, public speaker, and coach in the world debating scene. During his illustrious debating career, he had historic triumphs as the champion of the Australasians and the Asian Championships and triumphed as the best speaker thrice.

  • Luigi Alcaneses

    Worlds Grand Finalist 2021, Worlds Top Speaker 2021, Asians Semifinalist 2020

    Luigi's impressive debating journey inspired him to coach and inculcate the values of collaborative learning in his students while mastering the fundamental skills and techniques needed to perform consistently through practice and feedback.

  • Clarice Tee

    Asian Grand Finalist 2020, National Champion 2019, National Finalist 2019

    Clarice is a senior debate and public speaking professional known for devising deep analytical into British-Parliamentary debating. She is known for her strong ability to deliver impactful insights into problem-solving, and topic management abilities, and the ability to lead and inspire competitive debate teams to excellence.

  • Diggory Waddle

    National Champion 2023, National Best Speaker 2021, National Grand Finals Judge 2022

    Diggory stands as a prominent figure in the world of debating, with a track record that spans not only across Canada but also on the global stage. His accomplishments are multifaceted, as he has excelled as a debater, a seasoned judge, and a highly sought-after coach, making a lasting impact in the international debating community.

Schedule

All times are indicated in (GMT +8) Singapore time.

TimeActivity
Saturday - 04 Nov 2023
08:00 AMCheck-in and Attendance Checking
08:15 AMWelcome Ceremony
08:30 AMRound 1 - Topic Release
10:30 AMRound 2 - Topic Release (Prepared)
12:00 PMLunch
01:00 PMRound 3 - Topic Release
03:00 PMRound 4 - Topic Release (Silent)
04:30 PMFinal Checking of Age Category
05:30 PMEnd of Day
Sunday - 05 Nov 2023
08:00 AMCheck-in and Attendance Checking
08:15 AMMorning Briefing
08:30 AMRound 5 - Topic Release
10:15 AMAnnouncement of Breaks
10:30 AMOpen Quarter-Finals, 11-and-Under Semi-Finals, 10-and-Under Grand-Finals
12:00 PMLunch
01:00 PMOpen Semi-Finals, 11-and-Under Grand-Finals
02:30 PMOpen Grand-Finals
05:00 PMAwarding Ceremony
06:00 PMEnd of Day

Championship Awards

The list of awards at the Australasian Junior Debate Championships 2023.

Champions

Open Category, 11-and-Under Category, 10-and-Under Category

Elimination Round Qualifiers

Open Category, 11-and-Under Category, 10-and-Under Category

Top 10 Speakers

Open Category, 11-and-Under Category, 10-and-Under Category

Finals Best Speaker

Open Category, 11-and-Under Category, 10-and-Under Category

In-Tournament Case Exhibitions and Panel Discussions

Featuring debate videos and special in-tournament panel discussions from our renowned invited adjudicators.

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Gain valuable insights into successful strategies from our esteemed invited adjudicators as they showcase their cases, tackling the tournament's motions.

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Explore diverse viewpoints and tactics through a unique in-tournament panel discussion presented by our invited adjudicators.

Competitive Preliminary Rounds

Showcase your debating skills and demonstrate your expertise across a range of interdisciplinary topics in our competitive preliminary rounds to earn your spot in the out rounds.

  • Education

    May delve into topics such as the educational system, curriculum, academic standards, policies, and more.

  • Sports

    May explore subjects like sports institutionalization, ethics, current sports events, and more.

  • Politics

    May tackle topics on international relations, national and international politics, law, and more.

  • Environment

    May discuss subjects on climate change, environmental policies, research, controversial issues, and more.

Performance Star Chart

Participants of the esteemed Australasian Junior Debate Championships 2023 will receive a comprehensive report of their debating performance.

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The Performance Star Chart will provide them with qualitative feedback for their performance from our renowned guest judges.

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The Performance Star Chart will also contain a qualitative assessment of their debate performance using various performance indicators as benchmarks.

Tournament Rules

All participants in the esteemed Australasian Junior Debate Championships 2023 are reminded of the following rules.

  • Internet Use

    Internet use in preparation time during impromptu rounds is prohibited. Internet use is only allowed during prepared rounds.

  • Reconnection Time

    All participants are given 3-5 minutes to reconnect to a debate round if they get disconnected due to device or internet connection issues.

  • Speech Length

    Each team must deliver three 4-minute substantive speeches and one 3-minute reply speech.

  • Zero Tolerance

    This event maintains a zero-tolerance policy for any harmful, hateful, discriminatory, or offensive behavior. Any participant who engages in disruptive behavior will be subject to removal from the event.

Be Part of a Historic Event

Join today to be a part of our growing community of advanced young debaters and showcase your excellence in the global arena.

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Tickets

Secure your spot now!

AUJDC 2023 Tickets

Debate Team (3 Member)

350 USD per team (3 members)

SGD 475

Secure Ticket
  • 2-day Tournament Pass
  • Certificate of Participation certified by EduDrift
  • Certificate of Achievement certified by EduDrift
  • Performance Star Chart from International Judges
  • Access to Comprehensive Feedback from International Judges

Debate Team (w/ Workshop)

570 USD per team (3 members)

SGD 775

Secure Ticket
  • Access to exclusive workshop to British Parliamentary Debating format and case-building by EduDrift-certified debate specialists
  • 2-day Tournament Pass
  • Certificate of Participation certified by EduDrift
  • Certificate of Achievement certified by EduDrift
  • Performance Star Chart from International Judges
  • Access to Comprehensive Feedback from International Judges

Observer (Parent of Participants)

20 USD per parent

SGD 30

Secure Ticket
  • Exclusive viewing of debate rounds
  • Per-round observer pass
  • Access to watch in-tournament Case Exhibitions on the tournament's main Zoom hall
  • Access to spectate in-tournament panel discussion from International Judges

Observer (Coach of Participants)

20 USD per coach

SGD 30

Secure Ticket
  • Exclusive viewing of debate rounds
  • Per-round observer pass
  • Access to watch in-tournament Case Exhibitions on the tournament's main Zoom hall
  • Access to spectate in-tournament panel discussion from International Judges