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The DAV is a non-profit association which exists to promote debate. It is the peak debating body in Victoria and runs large competitions for adults and for schools across Victoria. It provides training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators.

Schools Competition
(Yr 9-12 Debating)

Regional Swannie Awards

The Swannie Awards are awarded to the speaker in each region and grade who has the highest average speaker score after completing at least three debates during the year.

The average is calculated solely on speaker scores, and is not affected by the best speaker awards that are announced at the end of each debate.

Congratulations to the 2020 Regional Swannie Award winners!

Monday Region

A grade: Rose Hensher, Box Hill High School

B grade: Emma Manger, Kingswood College and Zac Hibbins, Kingswood College

C grade: Remus Brasier, Girton Grammar School

D grade: Salome Obeyesekere, Camberwell Girls Grammar School

Tuesday Region

A grade: Akul Saigal, Mentone Grammar School

B grade: Caitlin Nguyen, Korowa Anglican Girls School

C grade: Anjali Sharma, Huntingtower School and Eloise Auwardt, Korowa Anglican Girls School

D grade: Ravine Witanachchi, Melbourne High School

Wednesday Region

A grade: Thomas Williams, St Kevin's College and Xavier Koynenberg, Yarra Valley Grammar School

B grade: Lainey Karlich, Sacred Heart College Geelong

C grade: Joyce Hu, Presybyterian Ladies College

D grade: Hibah Hashim, Islamic College of Melbourne

Thursday Region

A grade: Alice Lu, Methodist Ladies College; Giulia Assenza, Santa Maria College; and Luc Cazenave, Melbourne Grammar School

B grade: Mateo Acosta Fernandez, Mazenod College

C grade: Amanda Ching, Glen Waverley Secondary College

D grade: Hannah Phung, The Geelong College

Friday Region

A grade: Ava Bennett, Sacre Coeur

B grade: Felix Archibald, Melbourne Grammar School

C grade: Felix Clamp, Melbourne Grammar School

Competition Swannie Awards

The speaker with the highest average score in each grade across all regions is awarded a Competition Swannie Award. The top three speakers in each grade are nominated for the award, and the winners for 2020 are:

A grade: Rose Hensher, Box Hill High School

B grade: Lainey Karlich, Sacred Heart College Geelong

C grade: Amanda Ching, Glen Waverley Secondary College, Felix Clamp, Melbourne Grammar School; Joyce Hu, Presybyterian Ladies College; and Remus Brasier, Girton Grammar School

D grade: Hannah Phung, The Geelong College