World Schools Debating Championship 2018 - Croatia
After being crowned the Best New Nation of WSDC 2017, Team Vietnam is back with 5 talented debaters for this year’s tournament. The team is a diverse one, with its members coming from various backgrounds and having their own unique personalities. Nonetheless, they all share the same burning passion of putting Vietnam onto the world map of debating at this year’s championship.
Nguyen Le Phuong Anh
Vice-Captain, Team Vietnam Debate 2018
The Olympia Schools
President, D-Doxa 2017-2018
“Debating has been one of the most impactful experiences for me. Stage fright has always been a fear I could never overcome. I often stammered every few words and could barely speak in front of a few people, let alone an entire crowd. Debate provided me with the opportunity to develop a more acute awareness of the world, learn to think critically and look at different sides of a problem. This eventually gave me the knowledge and confidence to overcome this fear of mine.
I was very fortunate to have Coach Walter and Coach Samuel, who were patient and dedicated to my improvement. Whether it was giving us extra training or additional feedback, they always believed in me and did their best to realize my potential as a debater.
After a year, I become the youngest Vice-Captain of Team Vietnam Debate. While this role was stressful, it was also meaningful and a learning opportunity like no other. I learnt to step up, how not to be afraid, to voice my opinions and to never give up. I am immensely grateful for the experience and for the coaches who have always been there for me every step of the way”
Le Hoang Mai Anh
Member, Team Vietnam Debate 2018
Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City High School for the Gifted
“Getting involved in debate much later than my peers, I was initially overwhelmed by the number of skills I lacked. However, under the close guidance and patience of coaches Walter and Samuel, I quickly learnt to identify my weaknesses and resolved them one by one. During every training session, we were not only provided with much needed skills training, but also gained general knowledge across different disciplines.
As the first member of the national debating team from Ho Chi Minh City, I was also very excited to represent my country at international events. Not to mention, as I had never travelled abroad before, I was originally quite nervous. But in the end, travelling with the team and coaches, I picked up many soft skills such as independence, open-mindedness, confidence and situational awareness. Needless to say, every part of my learning journey was a unique and eye-opening experience.”