Previous Canadian Worlds Teams

Team Canada 2018: Zagreb, Croatia

Team Canada 2018 was made up of five debaters and two alternates who competed at the 2018 World Schools Debating Championships held in Zagreb, Croatia. The Team Canada members were Adythia Chakravarthy (ON), Anwyn Diakuw (SK), Ashley Phord-Toy (BC), NaomiPanovka (ON), and Andrew Yun (BC). The alternates were Saara Meghji (BC) and Angelina Zhang (BC).

Canada broke in Zagreb and lost to Singapore, but not without 4 of the 5 debaters finishing in the top 20 speakers. The team was coached by Liz Stratton and Wendy James. The Grand Final Motion was “This House believes that the West should end all arms sales and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia.”

Team Canada 2017: Bali, Indonesia

Team Canada 2017 was made up of five debaters and two alternates from Canada. They competed at the World Schools Debating Championships held from August 1st – 11th, in Bali, Indonesia.  Team members were Dasha Metropolitansky (ON), Martine Duffy (ON), Armin Safavi (ON), Kimathi Muiruri (ON) and Anna Yang(BC).  Our two alternates were Alykhan Jetha (ON) and Andrew Yun (BC).  Based on years of past success our team ranked 1st prior to the start of the event.  Congratulations to our incredible Team who finished admirably as Quarterfinalists on a close 3-2 split decision. This team was coached by Aislin Flynn and Iqbal Kassam, for most of the year.  Elizabeth Stratton took over the team just prior to Worlds’ 2017!

Team Canada 2017 development squad had a busy year representing Canadian debate at the 2017 Pan Americans and a US Invitational event.  They competed in one international tournament: the Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 13 – 20th, 2017. At this event, Canada had three English teams and one French team. Our only French team broke first in the French division advancing to the finals. In the English stream, we had three teams – Canada East, Canada Central and Canada West. In the break, Canada East broke 2nd, Canada West 3rd, Canada Central 4th. The top breaking team was Argentina 1 with 6 wins but lower speaks than all three Canadian teams. It was an all-Canadian Final with Canada Central facing off Canada West. The end result was Canada West winning the PanAmerican Championships.  In addition to this event, Team Canada was also invited to attend an invitational event in the US; the Old Parkland Debates in Dallas, Texas.

The Grand Final Motion at Worlds’ 2017 was: “This House supports restrictions on free speech to combat the rise of right-wing populism.”

Team Canada 2016: Stuttgart, Germany

Team Canada 2016 was made up of five debaters and one alternate from Canada. They competed at the World Schools Debating Championships held from July 19th – 29th in Stuttgart, Germany.  Team members were Rory Flynn (NS), Dasha Metropoltansky (ON), Alex Wu (ON), Naz Gocek (ON) and Luciano Kwon (BC).  The only alternate was Ben Gillis (NS).  Once again our team showed strength and determination taking them to the finals against Team England. Canada came in second again, but it was not without a great final debate round.  This team was coached by Aislin Flynn, with assistance on their development from Veenu Goswami.

The Grand Final Motion was: “THBT states should be allowed to pay other states to relocate and settle refugees.”

Team Canada 2015:  Singapore

Team Canada 2015 was made up of five debaters and two alternates from across Canada.  They competed at the 2015 World Schools Debating Championships held from July 27th – August 7th in Singapore.  Team members were Rory Flynn (NS), Peter Koczanski (MB), Swarochish Goswami (AB), Lloyd Lyall (BC) and Jason Xiao (SK).  The alternates were Dasha Metropoltansky (ON) and Tatiana Kurschner (BC).  Once again it was a true Canadian squad representing Canadian debate from coast to coast.  Through great coaching, we were proud to have our team in the finals against our host Singapore.  Canada came in second to Singapore but not without a great performance.  This team was coached by Veenu Goswami, assisted by Aislin Flynn.

The Grand Final Motion was “This House believes that governments should provide a guaranteed Universal Basic Income.”

Team Canada 2014: Bangkok, Thailand

Team Canada 2014 was made up of five debaters and three alternates from across Canada. They competed at the 2014 World Schools Debating Championships held from August 5 – 15 in Thailand. Team members were Nasra Moumin (SK), Rory Flynn (NS), Elliot Kaufmann (ON), Graeme Climie (AB) and Behbod Negahban (BC). The alternates, Peter Koczanski (MB), Lloyd Lyall (BC) and Swarochish Goswami (AB) also attended the WSDC. This was a truly Canadian squad representing Canadian debate from coast to coast. After winning Pan Americans 2013 (Bermuda), EurOpens 2014 (Germany) and Pan Americans 2014 (Mexico), the team had an outstanding WSDC, breaking 4th after preliminary rounds and advancing to the semi-finals before being defeated by South Africa. The team was coached by Veenu Goswami and Liana Palko.

Team Canada 2013: Antalya, Turkey

Team Canada 2013 competed at the 2013 World Schools Debating Championships held from Jan 27 – February 6th, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey. Its five competing members were Anisah Mahomed (ON; team captain), Jessica Dorfmann (BC), Julia Milden (BC), Nasra Moumin (SK), Oliver Bjornsson (NS) with alternate Alessandra Harkness (BC). The team was coached by Elisa Frank and Josh Judah. At the WSDC, Canada advanced to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Ireland on a razor-thin 4-3 decision.

Team Canada 2012: Cape Town, South Africa

Team Canada 2012 were octofinalists at the 2012 World Schools Debating Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Its five competing members were Debi Ogunrinde, Nik Carverhill, Nic Martin, Jessica Dorfmann, and Neil MacIsaac, and the alternates are Aislin Flynn and Anisah Mahomed. You can read reports from the team at the Team Canada 2012 blog. Team Canada 2012 was coached by Josh Judah and Elisa Frank.

Team Canada 2011: Dundee, Scotland

Team Canada 2010: Doha, QatarTeam Canada 2011 were quarter-finalists at the 2011 WSDC in Dundee, Scotland, knocking out Pakistan in the octo-finals before losing to eventual winners Singapore. Competing members were Debi Ogunrinde, Nic Martin, Liz Stratton, Sam Rappaport and Ashley Bowron, with alternate Nik Carverhill (2012 team member). The team was coached by Tracey Lee.

Champions of World Schools Champions, Team Canada 2010: Doha, Qatar

Team Canada 2010 was the champion of the World Schools Debating Championships 2010 in Doha, Qatar! Coached by Tracey Lee, the team’s competing members were Iqbal Kassam, Keenan MacNeal, Veenu Goswami, Jonathan Carson and Lyle Dobbin, though the whole 9-member team attended the tournament.

Team Canada 2009: Athens, Greece

Our team of Tim Abdulla (Manitoba), Pam Cohen (Ontario), Sam Greene (Newfoundland & Labrador), Iqbal Kassam (British Columbia) and Daniel Lewis (Nova Scotia), under the leadership of coach Tracey Lee, acquitted themselves extremely well at the 2009 WSDC tournament in Athens. At the end of the eight preliminary rounds we were standing in 6th position, having had only one loss and seven wins. The octo-final presented no problems but in the quarter finals we were up against the only team who had beaten us during the preliminary rounds. Alas, we were not to get our revenge and went down to an excellent team who finally won the entire tournament. We remained in 6th position but were delighted that all five of our speakers finished in the top 50, with Iqbal Kassam in the top 10.

Team Canada 2008: Washington, DC, USA

The 2008 WSDC tournament in Washington was a success for Team Canada. Under the direction of coach Martin Poirier, the team finished the preliminary rounds in fourth place out of 39 countries, and after falling to Scotland in the quarter finals, placed sixth. The team consisted of Sam Greene (Newfoundland & Labrador), Daniel Lewis (Nova Scotia), Tim Abdulla (Manitoba), Kees de Ridder (Alberta) and David Miko (Alberta).

Team Canada 2007: Seoul, South Korea

Team Canada attending the WSDC in Seoul included: Andrew Rusk (captain), Sean Stefaniak, Sean Barron, Kirsten Lundell-Smith and Caroline Ness. The team ended the preliminary rounds with a 6-2 record and defeated Slovenia (octos) and South Africa (quarters) before being ousted by Singapore in the semi-finals. They placed 4th overall at that Worlds, coached by Martin Poirier. The tournament was also a blast for the debaters. Some of the highlights were visiting the De-Militarized Zone, peering over the border into North Korea and climbing the Seoul Tower in Korea.

Team Canada 2006: Cardiff, Wales

This team was selected following the 2005 National Seminar in Saskatoon and broke to semi-finals at the 2006 World Schools Debating Championship July 5th-15th, 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. Team members included: Christine Wadsworth (Ontario), Sheldon McCormick (Nova Scotia), Madeleine Ballard (Quebec), Blair MacDonald (Nova Scotia) and Michael Beeler (Nova Scotia). The 2006 team was coached by Harold Kyte.