Singapore National Debate Team

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1. Singapore National Debate Team 2011 - Team Message

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In 2011, the World Schools’ Debating team from Sunny Singapore comprised five strapping young men, who, despite their size, are all between the ages of 17 and 18.

 

Ng Liki has straight A grades and is an otherwise perfectly rational human being – yet doesn’t believe in global warming. His explanation for rising temperatures? Water vapour. We’ll be the ones laughing when his house near the coast is drowned by rising sea levels.

Adil Hakeem has dreamed of flying ever since he was a child. His one experiment has left him with a metal plate permanently embedded in his arm. He plans to try again – except this time he won’t use a school gate as a launchpad.

Ashish Kumar’s dream, on the other hand, is to be a champion chessboxer. He’s got the chess part down pat, but judging by his size boxing will take him a long while yet.

Benjamin Mak is the team’s philosopher and resident conversationalist. Between the obscure quotes and random musings he peppers his speech with, no conversation has ever survived Benjamin unscathed.

Teoh Ren Jie, as their long-suffering team Captain, often cries himself to sleep at night, despairing at ever reforming this motley bunch of fools. His friends try their best though – they usually try to keep up the illusion that he’s in charge.

 

Team Singapore has following in its wake, its rue-filled team manager and coach who both wish to remain anonymous.

This motley crew has now some claims to fleeting fame.

Team Singapore is the 2011 World Schools Debating Championships victors at Dundee, Scotland and hence is World Champions. The speakers also brought glory to the nation with Teoh Ren Jie emerging individual world champion. Ben Mak ranked as the second best speaker of the tournament and Ashish Kumar was ranked the fourth best speaker at the event.

The team would like to thank all those who made their debating success possible, their national team manager, their teachers in charge, past and present, their coaches, past and present and all the team mates from the various debate squads that they have been a part of throughout their careers. The team would also like to thanks the various well wishers who came to all their exhibition matches locally and followed their debate adventures online.

The team salutes all fellow debaters and wishes them joy and a life long fascination with debate.

 

Team Singapore 2011 

2. Singapore National Debate Team Alumni

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1995  –  Cardiff, Quarter-Finalists
Team members:
Frederick Teo (ACS, HCJC)
Harveen Singh (SAS, SAJC)
Jason Chan (ACS, ACJC)
Jonathan Yuen (ACS, ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

1996  –  Canberra, Semi-Finalists
Team members:
Celina Chua (CHIJ TP, ACJC)
Kelvin Tan (CHS, ACJC)
Ng Ker Min (NYGH,ACJC)
Tan Lee Meng (SCGS, ACJC)
Vernie Oliveiro (CHIJ STC, ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

1997  –  Bermuda, Semi-Finalists
Team members:
Aaron Maniam (RI, RJC)
Benedict Teo (CHS, VJC)
Celina Chua (CHIJ TP, ACJC)
Lisa Gan (RGS, RJC)
Vernie Oliveiro (CHIJ STC, ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

1998  –  Jerusalem, 7th
Team members:
Cheryl Chan (RGS, RJC)
Ida Siow (RGS, RJC)
Michelle Quah (CHIJ KC, RJC)
Paul Tan (TCH, CHJC)
Sanjeev Upadhiah (ACS (I), ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

1999  –  London, Quarter-Finalists
Team members:

Chan Yu Ping (RI, RJC)
Chia Yu Hsien (ACS(I), ACJC)
David Low (ACS (I), ACJC)
Kristy Tan (MGS, ACJC)
Nicholas Tan (RI, RJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

2000  –  Pittsburgh, 5th
Team members:
Jolene Tan (RGS, RJC)
Jonathan Pflug (RI, HCJC)
Kristy Tan (MGS, ACJC)
Liu Feng Yuan (RI, RJC)
Samuel Myat San (ACS (I), ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2000, Team Singapore defeated England, New Zealand, Peru, Bermuda, Pakistan, Ukraine and Germany and lost to Canada in the Preliminary Rounds. The team defeated Lithuania in the Octo-finals and lost to England in the Quarter-finals.

2001  –  Johannesburg, 3rd
Team members:
Elizabeth Chen (RGS, VJC)
Jonathan Pflug (RI, HCJC)
Natalie Morris (RGS, RJC)
Pao Pei Yu Peggy (RGS, RJC)
Rohini Singh (CHIJ TP, ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2001, Team Singapore defeated New Zealand, The Netherlands, Namibia, Argentina, Israel, Lithuania, Zimbabwe and lost to Pakistan in the prelim rounds. The team defeated England in the Quarter-finals and lost to Australia in the Semi-finals.

2002  –  Singapore, 7th
Team members:
Nabil Mustafiz (ACS (I), ACJC)
Rohini Singh (CHIJ TP, ACJC)
Sushma Ananda (MGS, ACJC)
Wong Shi Ming (RI, RJC)
Yeo Shenglong (ACS, HCJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2002, Team Singapore defeated Greece, Kuwait, Indonesia, Canada, Brunei, Hong Kong  and lost to New Zealand & Scotland in the Prelim rounds. The team beat Hong Kong in the Octo-finals and lost to Scotland in the Quarter-Finals.

2003  –  Lima, 2nd
Team members:
Chan Yongwei (ACS (I), ACJC)
Hansel Ng (TCH, VJC)
Jonathan Chong (CHS, VJC)
Joshua Tan (ACS (I), ACJC)
Li Shengwu (RI, RJC)
Tournament Coaches:
Geetha Creffield & Aaron Maniam

In 2003, Team Singapore defeated Canada, Greece, Slovakia, The Philippines, Bermuda, German and lost to Scotland & South Africa in the prelim rounds. The team defeated Wales in the Octo-finals, New Zealand in the Quarter-finals, Scotland in the Semi-Finals and lost to Australia in the Finals.

2004  –  Stuttgart - 8th
Team members:
Diane Lim (HCJC)
Howard Tan (ACS(I), ACJC)
Marcus Lim (ACS (I), ACJC)
Sheila Pakir (NYGH, RJC)
Timothy Yap (RI, RJC)
Tournament Coach:
Inderjit Singh

In 2004, Team Singapore defeated Kuwait, Estonia, Israel, Peru and South Korea  and lost to England, Lithuania, and Scotland in the prelim rounds. The team defeated Canada in the Octo-finals and lost to England in the Quarterfinals.

2005  –  Calgary, 10th
Team members:
Jonathan Yap (RI, RJC)
Lucas Li (HCI)
Neha Prakesh (MGS, ACJC)
Tan Lifeng (MGS, ACJC)
Tan Yixun (RI, RJC)
Tournament Coach:
Tan Wah Jiam

2006  –  Cardiff, 3rd
Team members:
Chere See (RGS, RJC)
Gayle Goh (DHS, ACJC)
Joshua Hiew (ACS (I), ACJC)
Mark Lim (RI, RJC)
Suhas Malhotra (RI, RJC)
Tournament Coach:
Ngoei Wen-Qing

In 2006, Team Singapore defeated the Netherlands, Romania, Kuwait, Indonesia, Montenegro and Croatia and lost to Scotland & New Zealand in the prelim rounds. The team defeated Greece in the Octo-finals, South Korea in the Quarterfinals and lost to Australia in the Semi-finals.

2007  –  Seoul, 2nd
Team members:
April Cheah (SCGS, ACS [I])
Dana Miller (UWCSEA)
Jonathan Au Yong (RI, RJC)
Samuel Cheam (ACS [I])
Scott Tan (VJC)
Tournament Coach:
Inderjit Singh

In 2007, Team Singapore defeated Peru, Bermuda, the Czech Republic, Romania, Wales,  Canada and India .and lost to England The team defeated Israel in the Octo-finals, Australia in the Quater-finals, Canada in the Semi-finals and lost to Scotland in the Finals.

2008  –  Washington DC, 10th
Team members:
Anish Hazra (RI, RJC)
Lee Jia Wei (RI, RJC)
Teoh Ren Jie (RI, RJC)
Beulah Li (MGS, ACS [I])
Rebecca Goh (MGS, ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Ngoei Wen-Qing

In 2008, Team Singapore defeated the Philippines, Slovenia, Montenegro, Qatar, Hong Kong, and Romania and lost to Estonia and  New Zealand in the prelim rounds. The team lost to Greece in the Octo-finals.

2009  –  Athens, 3rd
Team members:
Anish Hazra (RI, RJC)
Lee Jia Wei (RI, RJC)
Teoh Ren Jie (RI, RJC)
Benjamin Mak ((RI, RJC)
Rachael Quah (PLMGS, RJC)
Tournament Coaches:
Geetha Creffield & Ngoei Wen-Qing

In 2009, Team Singapore defeated Qatar, Kuwait, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailand  and lost to England and Canada in the prelim rounds. The team defeated Slovenia in the Octo-finals, Australia in the Quarter-finals and lost to New Zealand in the Semi-finals.

2010  –  Doha, 3rd
Team members:
Teoh Ren Jie (RI, RJC)
Benjamin Mak (RI, RJC)
Ashish Xiangyi Kumar (RI, RJC)
Ng Li Ki (TCH, HCJC)
Adil Hakeem (RI, RJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2010, Team Singapore defeated the Czech Republic, Mexico, Turkey, Qatar,Nepal, Hong Kong, Russia, and Ireland in the Prelim Rounds. The team defeated Scotland in the Octo-finals, Slovenia in the Quarter-finals and lost to Canada in the Semi-finals.

2011 - Dundee, World Champions
Team members:
Teoh Ren Jie (RI, RJC)
Benjamin Mak (RI, RJC)
Ashish Xiangyi Kumar (RI, RJC)
Ng Li Ki (TCH, HCJC)
Adil Hakeem (RI, RJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2011, Team Singapore defeated Argentina, the Philippines, Thailand, Serbia and Nigeria and lost to the Netherlands, Pakistan and New Zealand in the Prelim Rounds. The team defeated New Zealand in the Octo-finals, Canada in the Quarter-finals, Ireland in the Semi-finals and Australia in the Finals. 

2012 Cape Town, 5th 
Team members:
Teoh Ren Jie (RI, RIJC)
Benjamin Mak (RI, RIJC)
Darion Hotan (HCI)
Tan Teck Wei (RI, RIJC)
Rabin Kok (SJI, ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2012, Team Singapore defeated Canada, Bermuda, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in the Prelim Rounds. The team defeated South Korea in the Octo-finals and lost to the Philippines in the Quarter-finals.

2013 Antalya, 3rd
Team members:
Lee Chin Wee (RI, RIJC)
Tan Kuan Hian (RI, RIJC)
Darion Hotan (HCI)
Tan Teck Wei (RI, RIJC)
Rabin Kok (SJI, ACJC)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2013, Team Singapore defeated Swaziland, Thailand, The Philippines, USA, Scotland, Barbados and Mongolia and lost to New Zealand in the Prelim Rounds. The team defeated Slovenia in the Octo-finals, England in the Quarter-finals and lost to Swaziland in the Semi-finals.

2014 Thailand,14th
Team members:
Lee Chin Wee (RI, RIJC)
Tan Kuan Hian (RI, RIJC)
Etsuko Lim (HCI)
Chong Ee Shiun (RI)
Ernest Goh (RI)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2014, Team Singapore defeated Sri Lanka, Swaziland, China and Morocco and lost to Germany, Ireland and Australia  in the Prelim Rounds. The team lost to England in the Octo-finals.

2015 Singapore, World Champions 
Team members:
Arthur Lee (ACS(I))
Bryan Yan (HCI)
Ernest Goh (RI)
Chong Ee Hsiun (RI)
Samuel Loh (RI)
Tournament Coach:
Geetha Creffield

In 2015, Team Singapore defeated Morocco, Indonesia, Sweden, Turkey, The Philippines, Slovakia, The Netherlands and South Africa in the Prelim Rounds. The team defeated India in the Octo-finals, South Africa  in the Quarter-finals, Pakistan in the Semi-Finals and Canada in the Grand-final.

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