WADL is a youth run not for profit and charity organised by university students who volunteer their time and efforts because they are passionate about debating. WADL was founded in 1920 and is now the leading debating organisation in Western Australia, and the state's national representative to the Australian Debating Federation. WADL currently organises the largest debating competition in the state and is responsible for selecting the state team which represents WA at the prestigious National School’s Debating Competition. WADL’s programs have engaged students from as far north as Christmas Island, and as far south as Albany.
The Western Australian Debating League aspires to ensure all students have meaningful access to debating that encourages critical thinking, fosters engagement with global issues, and equips students with lifelong skills and the confidence to pursue their potential. WADL aims to do this by ensuring all WA school students have access to challenging debating competitions, high quality resources, and purpose-built development opportunities.
WADL seeks to provide tailored debating competitions and resources that empower students to feel like, regardless of their postcode that they can stand up for what they believe in. The board of directors is currently crafting an updated vision statement. If you would like to have your voice heard, please contact the chair of the board, Benjamin Manifold, at firstname.lastname@example.org.