Xavier Catholic College’s Jess Hopgood, Karen Gilliland and Lyndel McGinty are state debating champions.
Xavier Catholic College’s Jess Hopgood, Karen Gilliland and Lyndel McGinty are state debating champions. Alistair Brightman

Debaters win state title

ARGUING that politics is an admirable profession is a tough ask but Xavier Catholic College's senior debating team rose to the challenge to be named the state champions at the weekend.

Xavier director of English and senior debating team coach Jody Nicholas said the team, made up of Year 12 students Lyndel McGinty, Karen Gilliland and Jess Hopgood, worked tirelessly on Saturday afternoon and late into the night to prepare for their debate on Sunday morning.

“The girls dug deep and prepared some very valid and entertaining speeches to take on St Patrick's from Mackay,” she said.

“After a very humorous and intellectual duel filled with witty rebuttal and wise thoughts, the girls were victorious and were awarded the title of Apex State Debating Champions.

“Their dedication to this competition has been impressive and the reward from this weekend is very well deserved.”

The girls thought they were going to lose when they saw the topic but Karen said arguing the politics and finding humorous angles helped them win.

Lyndel, who only started debating this year, said it felt “pretty great” to be a state champion and Karen and Jess agreed.

To make it to the state final, held on the Sunshine Coast, they won Fraser District, Wide Bay and the Central Queensland finals.

They competed against Ipswich Girls' Grammar in the semi-final, successfully argued the negative side of “there should be mandatory detention for boat people”.

“The girls were impeccable in their presentation and ruthless with their rebuttal,” Ms Nicholas said.



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