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Showcase Debating Success in Manchester


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Joe Winter, Angus Brown, Amy Sansom & Georgina Newcombe arriving at the National Football Museum

Hutton’s debaters won again last night at a high profile Debating Matters Showcase Debate in Manchester. Debating Matters working in conjunction with the Manchester Salon staged a one-off debate on drugs in sport as part of their mission to stimulate open discussion on contentious issues. The event was staged at the National Football Museum and Hutton Grammar School was invited to debate against Loreto College from Manchester in order to showcase the debating talents of the best debaters in the North West of England.

In a lively debate with plenty of questions from the audience of 100 or so people, strong performances from Angus Brown and Georgina Newcombe in their opening statements set the tone early on. Angus and Georgina were then able to address their questions succinctly and stayed firm in their convictions throughout. Well researched arguments to support the controversial standpoint that performance enhancing drugs in sport should be allowed came thick and fast from Angus and Georgina and, although Loreto College pushed firmly on the safety of athletes and made excellent closing statements, the sheer power of Hutton’s arguments was enough to persuade the judges in the end. Both teams were commended, but particular emphasis was placed on Angus and Georgina’s excellent teamwork and ability to change the minds of the judges on such a controversial topic.

Another successful debate for Hutton’s Debating Team and we look forward to meeting Loreto College (and 4 other teams) in the Regional Final of Debating Matters in early 2017. In the meantime we have our own Hutton Debating Championships for Year 11 and Sixth Form students on Friday lunchtimes in Z80 starting in late November.

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Georgina and Angus waiting to start the debate

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