The Ontario Student Debating Union is happy to release this year’s application for the Canadian National Debate Team, or “Team Canada”. The purpose of this application is for OSDU to select the three students who will represent Ontario at the National Team Tryout, where the selection of Team Canada will take place. The National tryout will take place from April 15-17, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia (the days following the Senior National Debate Championships). In order to attend this qualifier, interested students must complete and submit the attached application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th. Students must also still be registered in high school in September 2019; meaning students currently in Grade 12 who intend to graduate high school this spring are not eligible.
A qualified panel will review all written applications, and select three students from among all applicants to attend the qualifier on Ontario’s behalf – students will be notified by February 19th of their success in this process. Students who apply but are not successful have the opportunity to submit an alternate application at a later date; further information will be provided to applicable students.
For those schools who may not be familiar with what Team Canada is, this is a select team of students from across Canada, who are selected annually by the National Team coach and committee. This team is highly competitive, and will represent Canada at the Worlds Schools Debating Championships, and other international tournaments throughout the year. This requires a large commitment of time from students on the team who must work hard, and complete debate-related assignments regularly in order to prepare for tournaments. This is an extraordinary opportunity for competitive debaters looking for a new challenge, and should you have any additional questions please feel free to let me know.
To apply please complete the following application.