Sandra White MSP has congratulated the Scottish participants of the European Universities Debating Championships in Tallinn on their achievements as Scottish teams picked up top awards, and as Glasgow University Union wins the Europe-wide Open Finals.

In recognition of the achievements of participating groups, individuals, and the Scottish Student’s Debating Council, Sandra has lodged a congratulatory motion to the Scottish Parliament.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, said:

“I was delighted to hear about Glasgow University Union’s winning of the Open Finals in the European Universities Debating Championships, which I was pleased to record in a congratulatory motion to Parliament.

“This win also accompanies many other fantastic achievements including Glasgow’s Bethany and Owen being hailed amongst Europe’s best debate speakers, and Scottish teams from Strathclyde to Aberdeen taking their place alongside the best in Europe at the Tallin Championships.”

“These achievements are also fitting as Scottish debating societies prepare to welcome over 750 university debaters from across Europe to the 20th edition of the Championships which will be hosted in Edinburgh.

“I am pleased to recognise their efforts, and want to wish all involved in the Tallin and Edinburgh editions the very best!”

Congratulatory Motion to the Scottish Parliament:

Motion Number: S5M-07199
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 21/08/2017

Title: Glasgow University Union’s European Success

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Student’s Debating Council’s (SSDC) participants on their success at the 2017 European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC) in Tallinn; notes that Glasgow University Union’s “A” Team won the Europe-wide open finals, and was the fifth-highest ranked team in the Open category, and that Edinburgh University Debates Union reached the quarter-finals; believes that the Glasgow team’s success was the second time that a team from Scotland has won at the EUDC, following the University of St Andrews victory in 2015; notes that Glasgow’s Bethany Garry, who was named the joint-first best speaker with an average of 83.3 points, was the first woman to win the top prize since 2005, and that, with an average of 83.2, the team’s Owen Mooney was joint-third; understands that 11 SSDC teams from Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Strathclyde and Aberdeen universities, grouped alongside teams from Durham and Newcastle, were among the 216 that took part; understands that 14 judges from Scotland’s institutions helped to facilitate the event, including seven group judges from the SSDC, and that University of Glasgow graduates, Duncan Crowe and Elliot Porter, served as independent adjudicators; congratulates everyone involved, and welcomes the news of the return of the EUDC to Scotland in 2018, where it understands over 750 participants will take part in the 20th edition in Edinburgh.

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