About – Committee

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2018 Committee

Liam Rawlings – Chairperson

2018 is Liam’s first year as Chairperson. Like many on the committee, Liam is a product of ASD, having won the junior Premier grade twice and the Advanced Premier Grade once. Liam is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland. Liam also spends time debating at University – He has attended the national impromptu tournament twice, the Australasian Inter-Varsity tournament in 2016, and the World Universities Debating Championships in 2017. As well as chairing Auckland Schools Debating, Liam is also the Vice-President of  the University of Auckland Debating Society, and is the Convener for the Auckland Region in New Zealand Schools Debating.

Lucy Harrison – Advisor

Lucy is now an advisor to the committe following two years as chair. Lucy has an extensive schools debating background. She was on the Auckland schools team in 2010 and 2011, and won the Russell McVeagh Auckland Schools Debating Tournament and the Premier Advanced grade in 2011. Since beginning a Law and Arts degree at the University of Auckland, Lucy has become a prominent member of the University of Auckland Debating Society. She has been a member of the University of Debating Society executive for three years, and has broken at the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships. Lucy also coached the Waikato Regional Schools Debating Team in 2013, and the Auckland Schools Regional Debating Team.

Mitch Smitheram – Treasurer

In 2018, Mitch will be our treasurer. Mitch is a by-product of the Auckland Schools Debating system having competed in all our grades while debating for Kristin. Mitch’s school debating career is marked by a number of debating achievements. In 2011, Mitch was selected for the Auckland regional development team and won our Seasonal Championships. In 2012, Mitch was named ‘Best Speaker’ at Auckland Regionals and was named as a member of the Auckland regional team. Later in the year he won the Premier Advanced title beating Kings in a close final in a 4-1 split decision. Mitch is now in fourth year at the University of Auckland and was previously the Treasurer of the University of Auckland Debating Society.

Callum Lo – Committee Member, Premier Advanced Convenor

Callum is one of New Zealand’s top debaters. His fourth year on the ASD committee, in 2018 Callum is the Premier Advanced convenor. Callum comes from the Hawkes Bay and has an extremely successful debating track record in the region having been selected for the Hawkes Bay Regional Debating Team from Year 11 to Year 13. In 2013, Callum was selected for the New Zealand Schools Debating Team and he travelled to Sydney, Australia to compete in the Pan Pacific Debating Championship where the team made the grand final. In 2015, Callum was a prominent member of the University of Auckland Debating Society and competed in multiple domestic and international tournaments including Australs. In 2014, he reached the grand final of the North Island Amateur Debating Championship.

Matt Bilton – Committee Member, Advanced Open Convenor

In his second year on the committee, Matt will be the convener of the Advanced Open Grade. Matt debated in ASD competitions all throughout his time at high school, having won the Junior Premier grade in 2012 and the Advanced Premier grade in both 2013 and 2014. Soon to be an Engineering graduate at the University of Auckland, Matt continued to debate at university, winning Thropy in 2015 and attending Perth Australs in 2016.

Charlotte Forster  Teacher Member, Auckland Grammar School

Jason Farley – Teacher Member, Diocescan