The victorious OCACPS Debate Team with the chief judge Ms Premila Kumar, CEO Consumer Council of Fiji
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) team created history when they were declared the winners of the Grand Final of the Facility Services Ltd – Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) Debate Series 2017.
Held on Friday 13th October at the Australia-Pacific Performance Space at the Laucala Campus, the final marked the conclusion of the FALE Debate Series 2017 which saw the OCACPS team narrowly beating School of Law Team 2, on the currently contentious topic of Electronic ticketing system, the way forward.
The series was an opportunity for students to think critically about a particular issue, usually one of great concern to Oceania, learn to work in a team and actively debate the issue.
This year six (6) teams representing FALE schools and its centre, completed eight (8) rounds of debates to secure a spot in the grand final.
In each debate round, an award for the best individual debater was also presented.
An elated Rahul Parmar of OCACPS team, who believed hard work and his team’s motto of improving at every debate, was acknowledged by the panel of judges as the Best Overall Individual Debater in the grand final.
OCACPS Team member Joeli Bili expressed how they “were the underdogs coming into the Debate Series 2017 since OCACPS had never won a debate for quite a while”.
He said their past records did not discourage them but rather motivated them to excel leading them to emerge victorious and the only undefeated team in the 2017 series.
Mr Bili also stated that “the topics of the debate were quite challenging but with unity amongst the team members, we were always motivated to push ourselves into limitless boundaries”.
He especially thanked teaching staff at OCACPS, Ms Sangita Lal and Ms Rosarina Rafai, who were always willing to assist the team in their preparation.
He strongly believes that such a debate series is not about winning or losing but he defines “a real winner as someone who takes the first step in participating in such events”.
The Grand Final was generously sponsored by the Facility Services Ltd and FALE.
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