State Team

WADL is responsible for selecting the WA delegation to the National Schools Debating Championships, which is the most prestigious secondary school debating competition in Australia. The WA State Debating Team will consist of four of the most exceptional and talented secondary school debaters in Western Australia. The selection program is run by the Western Australian State Team Coaches, who are selected by the executive committee each year. 

WA has a rich history of competing in the National Schools Debating Championships, and all interested student should consider trialling for the WA State Debating Team.

State Team Trials

Each year, WADL runs trials to select the 12 members of the Western Australian State Debating Squad. The trials, which are open to all secondary school debaters, consists of a number of exercises and impromptu debates. 

Trials for the 2017 WA State Debating Team will be held in late February, 2017. For more information about the 2017 State Team Trials, or to register your expression of interest to attend, please visit the State Team Trials page.

State Team Selection Process

Following the Trials, 12 students will be invited to be a part of the WA State Debating Squad, which will train intensively throughout March. Following Squad training, the final team of four will be chosen, which will then go through another intensive training program before competing in the National Schools Debating Championships.

National Schools Debating Competition

The 2017 National Schools Debating Championships will be held in Brisbane, in May 2017. The 2017 NSDC will be convened by the Queensland Debating Union, an affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation.

The Team will be accompanied by their Coaches as well as two of WADL's most experienced adjudicators.

A selection of Australia's most experienced adjudicators will then select the best students to represent Australia at the World Schools Debating Championships.