This tournament was the first big event of Wageningen Debating since the papers were signed in September 2013. In three rounds, two teams spoke parallel in nine rooms. Format was American Parliamentary and speaking times were 3-3-2 minutes. After every debate feedback was given but no results.
Motions were made by the students themselves and provided in advance. Losely translated they read:
R1: All physicians and medical specialists from low-income countries are obliged to, after graduation, work in their own country for four years first.
R2: The European Union should stimulate the production of genetically modified crops.
R3: People over 75 years who are given up for further treatment , can no longer have access to life-extending operations.
After three rounds, the debaters found that although it is hard to do all those things at the same time, debating is also a lot of fun. Sure the stroopwafels and chocolate intermezzos also took great part in the fun.
Only two teams, Debatto ergo sum and De smurfen, won all three rounds and therefore broke to the finals. Special credits were given to Anne van der Heijden of Knowitalls, she ironed her first debate ever without even saying a word about it!
Finals: Loanwords should be driven from the Dutch language.
Breaking positions decided Debatto ergo sum was in position of proposition, De smurfen in opposition. Judges were Jerry Helmers, Laura Kersten, Robert Nieuwenhuizen and all chaired by Roeland Hemsteede.
Beste spreaker with 240 points was Tessa Canoy, the final was won by opposition. Nathania and Jelske are now not only the first Wageningen Champions, but also got a Wildcard to the Dutch Championships of ‘fast-debating’ on May 24th coming.
The tab can be found here.
Thanks to all the judges for making our idea work, the debaters for something to talk about AND formulating the motions and the university for making our dream come true! We hope to welcome you next year on the first ever Wageningen Open or Wageningen IV. Next year, we’ll take care it will be as great.
The floor is yours!