Have you ever been curious about adults who debate, or simply wondered if there's life beyond high-school debating? Intervarsity debating essentially means debating at a university-level and is an awesome opportunity to meet new people, equip yourself with handy skills (because public-speaking and critical thinking will help you in any career!), and travel the world- all while getting to immerse yourself in cool discussions and intellectual challenge. But most importantly, taking the time to check out intervarsity debating even as a spectator will greatly improve your skills as an adjudicator. Being able to draw on concepts, techniques, and language used in intervarsity debates will make your analysis of debates stronger and will train your brain to engage with cases better.
Globally, many institutions and university debating societies host state, national, and international tournaments to challenge their debaters and adjudicators, such as the prestigious World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC). WA has two debate societies, UWA Debating Union (UWADU) and Curtin Debating Society, who host regular training and socials, hold both friendly and competitive competitions, and send delegations to compete at external tournaments. Some of these annual tournaments include the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships ("Easters," an Australia-wide tournament), Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships ("Australs," held in the Asia-Pacific region), and The Australasian Women's Intervarsity Debating Championships ("Women's," a tournament exclusive for women and non-binary individuals).
Don't go to UWA or Curtin? Come along anyway- UWADU welcomes other university students and has even taken debaters from Notre Dame and ECU to tournaments!
UWA Debating Union (UWADU)
The oldest debate society in WA, the University of Western Australia's club runs a variety of social and competitive debates, training sessions, and socials to promote a rich debating culture. Reach out to their Facebook page or their president Natasha Tonga to get involved!
Curtin Debating Society
This bold society sees Curtin talent make their mark on the debating scene, run public speaking and argument sessions, topic discussions, and formal debate training. Reach out to their Facebook page or president Ben Hamblin to get involved!