When you think about debate, you might imagine people shouting to establish why they are right. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Debate is based on respect, teamwork and a lot of hard work. It has taught us to defend our opinions, to develop critical thinking, to write and speak properly, to face our stage fear and to have confidence in ourselves and the team. It’s an amazing experience which has helped us grow, not only as individuals, but also as a team.
For us the tournament started as soon as the debate question was released, and we started organizing schedules and meetings. We brainstormed argumentative lines, practiced speaking, looked for evidences and eventually wrote the final speeches. That’s the real hard work, and it wouldn’t have been possible without a group of people we can’t possibly thank enough. Thanks to Elvira for organizing the logistics and having an endless supply of sweets. Thanks to Claudia, Alejandra and Alessandra for helping us, sticking with us and keeping us calm. And especially thanks to David Mclachlan, for working with us in your free time, for all the training you’ve given us and for always managing to turn stress into laughs.
With all their support and training, when the debate came we were ready. That’s why now we are happy that we won, but even happier because we had a lot of fun and learnt a lot.
We’re proud to say we’re Freedas, and proud to be a part of debate.