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The Committee

Dunedin Schools Debating is an organisation responsible for organising and facilitating regular debating for Dunedin high school students. Our committee is formed from a combination of Otago University debaters, Dunedin high school teachers, and students. 

Samuel Blackwood
Senior DSD Convenor

Samuel is in his third year at the University of Otago (studying Law and Economics) in 2023. Having been the best speaker of DSD in 2020, Samuel looks forward to his second year convening a DSD Division. Samuel enjoys setting debate motions that will challenge and extend participants. In addition to his Convenor role, Samuel is in charge of managing the DSD and Regionals tabs.

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Julia Randerson
Junior DSD Convenor

(to be added soon)

Cam Fraser
Junior DSD Convenor

(to be added soon)

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Abby Bowmar

Abby is in her third year at the University of Otago (studying Law and Economics) in 2023 and continues to be involved in DSD, having convened its Senior Division in 2022. Abby is passionate about debating - having been a member of the Otago-Southland Regional Team in 2019 and 2020. In addition to her chairperson role, Abby is the Otago University Debating Society’s Vice President.

Lara Seaton

Lara is in her third year at the University of Otago (studying Law and Psychology). Having won Junior DSD as a Year 9 in 2016, she has been involved in DSD every year since. As Treasurer, Lara is responsible for managing DSD's finances and ensuring DSD’s operations are financially sustainable. In addition to her Treasurer role, Lara coaches a debating development squad for secondary school students.


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