Laurier was well represented at the 2014 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships held at Western University. Twenty-eight teams from across Canada converged in London to battle for the title of Canadian champion. Laurier was represented by Matthew Casselman and Ann de Sequeira. Both Casselman and de Sequeira are fourth-year students studying Business Administration and have been active members of the Wilfrid Laurier University Debating Society (WLUDS) since their first year.
Ultimately, the pair finished just outside the top 8 semi-final rounds, finishing 11th overall on 9 points. Individually, Casselman was able to break the top 20 speaker group, finishing 19th overall at the tournament. Success also came in the form of Laurier alumna Kira Misiewicz. Misiewicz graduated from the Politics, Philosophy and Economics program and now attends Dalhousie Law. Representing Dalhousie, Misiewicz advanced to the final round, narrowly losing to the University of Toronto on a 3-2 split decision.
Later in December, 2014 Casselman and de Sequeira will fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend the 2015 World University Debate Championships. More than 1,000 students from across the globe will compete to claim the title of World Debate Champion. The duo representing Laurier hope to improve upon last year’s performance where they placed 161st overall. The team is represented at Worlds every year by the top debaters at the institution. The club also attends tournaments throughout the fall and winter terms across North America.
The WLUDS has operated on campus since the early 1990s. The club holds practice meetings twice a week that are attended by both Laurier and University of Waterloo students. While officially an SBESS club, the WLUDS has representation from most faculties on campus at both the graduate and undergraduate level. For more information, students are encouraged to visit their website at www.wludebating.com.
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