Liverpool Debaters Nissim Massarano and Natalie Burles (c) UKDC
Liverpool Debating are celebrating after their first open break at the UK Debate Challenge on November 9th.
Having previously made the Semi-Finals of NAMDA Novice in October Liverpool Debating Union were already having a successful start to the year. Making the Semi-Finals of the UK Debate Challenge however, marks the first time that Liverpool Debating Union have broken in a non-novice competition or semi-final.
Held in Nottingham Trent University, Natalie Burles and Nissim Massarano placed 6th in the Out-Rounds to reach the Semi-Finals. Natalie has previously reached the Semi-Finals of NAMDA Novice 2012 and the Novice Final of Leeds Open 2013, as well as the team being chosen to represent Liverpool Debating Union at the European Championships in Manchester in August 2013, coming 115th out of over 200 teams. The team will be representing Liverpool Debating Union at the World Championships in Chennai this December.
President of Liverpool Debating Union Hannah Ellen Clare said
“I’m so proud that our society, only formed in 2009 at the University of Liverpool, has come on so far. Not only are we continuing to achieve at competitions every time we go, we’re also bigger and better than ever. Congratulations to Nissim and Natalie and I look forward to seeing them do even better at Chennai Worlds.”
Their attendance at both the European and World Championships is a first for Liverpool Debating Union, who’s presence continues to grow both on and off campus, having been nominated for a Guild Award for Best Large Society last year.
Nissim Massarano, Vice President of Liverpool Debating Union and Semi-Finalist at UKDC said “This has been one of the best weekends of my life. Thanks to my amazing partner and LDU for making this possible. I’m just buzzing. Only up from here.”