Otago University Debating Society hopes the success of
beating some of the world's best at the equivalent of the
debating ''world cup'' last month will help attract new
people to the society this year.
Kieran Bunn (20) and Alec Dawson (22) both said they were
still ''buzzing'' after finishing in the top four of the
world universities debating championship in Berlin last
Mr Bunn said he hoped the success of the whole society - the
B team also made the finals - at the world championship would
result in more first years and other returning students
joining the team this year.
The A team's success had also opened other doors for the
pair, who had been invited to New York to compete at the HWS
round robin at Easter, where team members will again get the
opportunity to test their debating skills against the best in
Mr Dawson said it also gave the university's reputation as a
debating powerhouse a massive boost.
''Before this tournament, no-one had really heard of Otago
and now other universities that are in debating will know who
we are in debating and respect us.
''The fact that you have a bit of a name and a reputation can
actually help in these tournaments,'' he said.
He said neither he nor Mr Bunn had expected to make it as far
as they did in the tournament.
''It was pretty surreal, actually. We got to the point where
we had done so much better than we expected to.''
Both attributed their success to ''good prep'' and working
well together as a team.