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. 

Senior DSD Convenor
Abby Bowmar

Abby is in her second year at the University of Otago (studying Law and Economics) in 2022 and looks forward to her first year convening the Senior Division of DSD. Abby is passionate about debating - having been a member of the Otago-Southland Regional Team in 2019 and 2020. In addition to her convenor role, Abby is the Otago University Debating Society’s secondary schools debating coordinator.

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Josh Mackay

Josh has recently graduated from the University of Otago with a Master of International Studies degree, having been involved in DSD as either a competitor or a judge since its inception. In his role as chair of the DSD committee, Josh oversees DSD’s overall operations and provides advice to the other committee members. Josh is also the committee member primarily responsible for DSD’s response to COVID-19.

Junior DSD Convenor
Samuel Blackwood

Samuel is also in his second year at the University of Otago (studying Law and Economics) in 2022. Having been the best speaker of DSD in 2020, Samuel looks forward to his first year convening the Junior Division of DSD. 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.

Lara Seaton

Lara is in her second 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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