2 years ago

12 March, 2016

Carslaw 275, University of Sydney

Organised by:
University of Sydney Union Debating

Are you a big deal in the high school debating world? Are you ready to make your big comeback after quitting at your peak halfway through Year 7? Do you just really like the idea of other people being obliged to listen to you speak for eight minutes?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, or even if for some reason you don’t fit into one of those three very specific categories, come and debate at Grand Slam! What better way to kick off the new uni year than by making some new mates and spending a weekend arguing with them?

Come along and engage in some witty banter, have a laugh, and get introduced to the ~classic~ culinary combination of cheap alcohol and Thai food. If you’re still intimidated by the idea of having an “authentic university experience”, then don’t be! Grand Slam is the place to meet your fellow new debaters and begin making all your debating dreams come true. Even Ted Cruz had to start somewhere, so be brave and save the date!


Debates will be in the same format used in high school debating competitions - 3-on-3, with no points of information or reply speeches (so if you don’t know what they are don’t worry!). You’ll have 30 minutes after topics are released to come up with arguments and fun banter, and speaking times are 6-8 minutes. If you’re not sure what each speaker’s role is or what you should be doing in order to win debates, don’t worry - there’ll be a briefing at the start of the weekend to explain everything you need to know.

If you’ve managed to rope two mates into debating with you, please come along as a team - just make sure they also fill in the registration form! Or, if you’d rather register individually, we can put you in a team, which is an awesome way to meet new people and make new friends.

You can only debate at Grand Slam if you’re a novice. If this is your first year at university, then you’re definitely a novice. If you’ve been to Australs, Worlds or three Easters, then you’re definitely not a novice - but you can still adjudicate, so (pretty please) do that! That applies especially to old hacks who like the sound of free food and alcohol!


The eminently qualified and exceptionally talented Gabe Bowes-Whitton and Clyde Welsh!

Fresh out of the race for the Republican nomination, Geb is a debating veteran. While he was missing a front tooth in first year, the glory of winning easters motivated him to put his pirate days behind him. We'll miss him taking the fake one out when drunk though. He’s also an Australs semi-finalist and has just returned from judging the EFL Grand Final at Worlds. Basically a big deal.

Clyde (pronounced: Clyhoidde) is the goofy friend you can’t help but love. Best known for his easygoing nature, and tendency towards lighthearted small talk, Clyde has made the top 10 speakers at Australs and Easters, and has broken as a judge at worlds. He also currently holds the title of tallest USU debater, at a comfortable 195cm, he’s easy to spot.

These guys will be writing your topics, allocating adjudicators, and providing awesome wisdom to apply to all your future debates.



Registration is $40 for debaters, and includes snacks, meals and drinks on both days. Please bring cash with you and pay on Saturday morning! We have fee waivers available based on need. If you’d like to enquire about one feel free to send a private message to Grace or Kevin and we’ll keep it absolutely confidential. Registration is free for adjudicators!


Saturday 12th March

9:00 Registration and Briefing
9:30 Round 1 Topic Release
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Round 2 Topic Release
15:30 Round 3 Topic Release
17:30 Championship Dinner

Sunday 13th March

9:30 Briefing & Round 4 Topic Release
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Round 5 Topic Release
14:30 Afternoon Tea & Wom*n's Welcome
15:00 Semi-Final Announcement
15:30 Semi-Final
17:00 Grand Final Announcement
17:30 Grand Final
18:30 Speaker Prize Ceremony and Post-Tournament Drinks