The New South Wales Debating Union


NSW: The National Schools Debating Champions

In 2014, the NSW Schools Debating Team won the title of National Schools Debating Champions. NSW defeated Victoria in the Grand Final of the Championships in Melbourne, negating the topic ‘That Western states should actively send female and LGBT ambassadors to nations that are sexist and homophobic’.

NSW can also boast two members of the Australian Schools Team. James Stratton (also the Australian Team Captain) and Sophie Large were selected into the national team on the back of their performances in Melbourne.

We congratulate all the 2014 NSW team members for their stellar results! Congratulations and thanks must also go to their coaches, Elle Jones and Joanna Connolly.

We are looking forward to defending the title in 2015!


The New South Wales Debating Union (NSWDU) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that seeks to promote and develop high school debating in New South Wales.

NSWDU selects, coaches and manages the New South Wales Schools Debating Team, which competes at the National Schools Debating Championships every year. In the competition’s 42-year history, NSW has been the most successful state, having won the competition on 16 occasions and been runner-up on another 10 occasions. 

The coaches of the New South Wales Schools Debating Team for 2015 are Joanna Connolly, Emma Johnstone and Evie Woodforde.

NSWDU also holds workshops at schools across the state run by experienced debating adjudicators and coaches who offer their services on a voluntary basis.

NSWDU is an affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation.


This year the National Schools Debating Championships will be held in Adelaide from the 17th to the 24st of May.

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