Public speaking and debating are some of the most difficult things for many people to do, but Maddie Wood is excelling at the young age of 14!
Maddie has been selected to compete at the 2019 Junior State Debating Championships (JDSC) as part of the NSW Premier's Debating Challenge. This competition has been running since 1981 and Maddie is the only student from Moruya High School to have been selected to compete at State level. The competition is held over three days starting on 2nd December and will be held at the University of Sydney Women's College. Teams will participate in a series of debate-offs followed by a final on Wednesday 4th December.
Maddie was selected to be part of this team when she represented Moruya High School at the Illawarra South East regional debating camp. Maddie was very surprised to be selected as she was not even aware they were forming a team when she was participating at this camp. The Illawarra South East team will compete against students from New England, North Coast, Riverina and Sydney City.
Maddie will begin training this Sunday with the rest of the team in Wollongong where SWORDS, the University of Wollongong debating society, will help mentor along with Kerry Doyle from Smiths Hill High School. Moruya High would like to thank Vinessa Maxwell and Maddie’s family for the opportunities and support they have given Maddie and look forward to hearing about more accomplishments in the future.