Advisory for participating in online tournaments and workshops

Hi everyone!

We hope you are all staying safe at home in these uncertain times. In light of COVID-19, and the cancellation of all in-person tournaments, Debate Association (Singapore) understands that some of the younger members of our community are starting to participate in online tournaments. While it is very heartening to see our younger debaters persevere and continue their passions in debating, Debate Association (Singapore) would like to remind students to practice good cyber-wellness habits while engaging in these online tournaments.

Please take note of the following recommended guidelines:

1) Unless explicitly required for tournament participation, refrain from providing your phone number, email address or social media account information to anyone. This includes other judges, debaters or members of the organizing committee that you meet during the process of the tournament.

2) Be careful of what you post online, both in and out of the tournament pages – Remember that what you post is not private and can be viewed by everyone else. All tournament equity rules that expect you to be respectful, kind and fair to all other participants still apply. Protect yourself, but also help protect everyone else at the tournament as well.

3) If someone harasses or bullies you, please approach the equity committee of the tournament that you're participating in for assistance. Alternatively, please email and we will assist you as much as we can. All information provided to us at that email address will be kept private and confidential.

If you are a coach/teacher/parent/guardian reading this, we would highly recommend that you ensure that your student/child is aware of the good cyber-wellness habits that they should adopt. Let's continue to make debating a safe space for everyone, especially our younger ones!


Triple Crown at the 40th World Universities Debating Championships 2020

We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Mr Lee Chin Wee who was crowned Champion, Finals Best Speaker, and Overall Best Speaker of the Open Category at the 40th World Universities Debating Championship 2020! Mr Lee is an alumnus of our World Schools national team (2013-2014) and Raffles Institution. He was representing the University of Oxford at the highly prestigious event. Well done Mr Lee, on this unprecedented achievement!


Division 3 Debating Championship 2020

The Division 3 Debating Championships (D3DCs) will be held on the 18th of January 2020 and aims to give division 3 teams ample opportunities to hone their skills in the lead up to the Singapore Secondary School's Debating Championships 2020. D3DCs 2020 will be graciously hosted by Fuhua Secondary School.

The details are as follows:

Address: Fuhua Secondary School, 5 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649410

Number of Preliminary Rounds: Three, one prepared and two impromptu

Date and Time: 18th January 2020, 8.00am to 5.30pm

Format: Singapore Secondary School's Debating Championship format

Team Cap: 16

Registration Fee: $80/team

Team Composition: Minimum three debaters, maximum five debaters

Eligibility: Students currently studying in a Secondary School, International School (Grades 7-10) or Integrated Program (Year 1-4). Strictly institutional, no composite or cross-institutional teams allowed.

If you are a debater from a Division 3 secondary school, are formerly from a Division 3 secondary school or coach a Division 3 secondary school, do forward the link to your teacher in charge to register.

The link to register for team slots will be is as follows:

For any enquiries, feel free to contact me at for more details. Thank you!


DA(S) ExCo 2019-2021

Debate Association (Singapore) held its Annual General Meeting on 27 July 2019, where several new executive committee members were elected into office. Additionally, 2 Directors were appointed too. The updated DA(S) Executive Committee for 2019-2021 is as follows:
President: Joel Law
Vice President: David Boo Koh
Secretary: Cavan Tay
Treasurer: Nathalie Quah
Director (Competitions and Training): Ryan Lim
Director (Competitions and Training): Deon Kiew
The following were also appointed by the Executive Committee:
Director (Special Projects): Cherylyn Wee
Director (Equity): Vihasini Gopakumar
Director (Adjudication Management): Kieran Lee

DA(S) June Camp for Primary Schools - Registration Open!

Debate Association (Singapore) is happy to announce the opening of registration for the Debate Association (Singapore) June Training Camp!

DA(S) warmly welcomes primary school debaters to its annual debate camp held during the June holidays. The camp is open to all regardless of debate experience.

The Camp will feature engaging lectures on argumentation skills by seasoned local debaters, as well as small-group breakout sessions with experienced facilitators. Over the three days, students will have access to practical, easy-to-grasp key debating ideas, as well as opportunities to put these ideas to practice. By the end of the camp, students should come away with a greater understanding of debate, confidence in expression, and a structured approach to critical thinking and questioning.

Camp Details

Age Group: Primary 4 to Primary 6 in 2019

Dates: 19-21 June 2018 (Wednesday to Friday)

Time: 9am to 4pm daily (not an overnight camp)

Venue: Riverside Primary School

110 Woodlands Crescent, Singapore 737803

Registration Deadline: 12 June 2018 11:59pm (Wednesday)

Fees: $80/pax*

Lunch will be provided on each day.

Register for the camp at:

Payment should be cleared before the commencement of the camp. Details regarding payment will be sent after registration is confirmed.

**Debate Association (Singapore) is committed to providing opportunities for debate to all students regardless of socio-economic circumstances. Kindly email us should your student/child require financial assistance and we will be glad to assist. Please do email Joel ( to let us know if you might require a fee waiver.

Should there be further questions, please feel free to contact Joel ( We look forward to seeing you at the June Camp!


DADC 2019 - Registration Open!

Debate Association Debating Championship is back in its 2019 edition! DADC is a preparatory tournament for secondary school students headed for Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship. For this year’s edition, to mirror the Nationals, there will be 3 Preliminary Rounds, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, and Grand Finals!

Event details:
26-27 January 2019
Registration fee: 160 per team
Break categories: Gold and Silver Division

Registration is now open! Email invitations have been sent to Teachers-in-charge. If you require further assistance, please email

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