The Trinity College Debating team emerged champions of the inaugural edition of the ACBT Debate championships.
The competition was organized by ACBT Kandy Campus between the 22nd of September and 19th of October 2018.
The Trinity debate team comprised of:
- M.S. Wazil
- V.H.S. Lukman Hassan
- Ahmed Yoosuf Zuhry
- G.A. Dissanaike
- D. Herath
- D.M.M.A. Dissanayake
The team faced Madina Central College, Madawala in the first round, proposing the motion “The deployment of Special Task Forces personnel to neutralize public protests in Sri Lanka is not justifiable“. The debate was narrowly won by the Trinity team.
The Trinity team went onto face Gateway College, Kandy in the quarter-finals, opposing the motion “Usage of weaponry is the most effective method of resolving conflicts between nations“. This too was an interesting debate, and Trinity won by a 2-1 margin.
The semi-finals saw Trinity once again in the opposition debating with Springfield College, Kandy, this time against the motion “Religious persecution in Sri Lanka can be controlled using the existing legal mechanism“. Though well fought on both sides, the debate was won by Trinity unanimously.
The finals, held on the 19th of October saw Trinity face Hillwood College, opposing the motion “The further civilization moves, the more it causes its own destruction“. The debate was ruled with a 3-3 split decision among the judges. But following deliberations among the judges, the victory was awarded to Trinity.
The Trinity College Debating Club extends its gratitude to the teacher in charge, Mrs P. Vijekumar, and the debating coach, Mr F. Imamuddeen, for their invaluable time spent and the guidance provided. It also thanks the organizers of the event for making this unique opportunity available in Kandy, a city often ignored in the national debating circuit. It also echoes its heartiest congratulations to the other winners and participants of the competition.’