Sunday promised to be an intellectual day for students at Queen’s with the prospect of the Great Debate starting in the early afternoon. Everyone enjoyed a few extra minutes in bed as a reward for a busy week and then it was time for breakfast together as usual.
Once everyone enjoyed some free time in the morning, it was time to get changed into something a little more formal for the debate and everyone seemed excited to get going. The group walked the short way to the Sheldonian Theatre to take their seats. Many of the group were awestruck by the majesty of this venue, and it certainly stirred a few nerves in those who would be standing up to speak later in the afternoon.
When everyone was in their positions the afternoon began. Firstly, students received a speech from keynote speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He spoke about his career in the SAS as well as his time working for the Sultan of Oman. The most dynamic aspect of his talk was hearing him give details about circumnavigating the globe and finding the motivation to keep going – which displayed both his intense determination and exceptional skill as an adventurer. It was a very inspiring speech for the students and his exciting stories were received well by everyone in the theatre, who had many of their own questions.
Following this, Adam who was hosting the afternoon, introduced the motion, ‘this house believes that the most dangerous place to be is in your own comfort zone.’ Students from Queen’s were proposing the motion and the afternoon hotted up as everyone made their points eloquently.
After much deliberation, those proposing the motion (Queen’s and St Catz) were announced as the winners of the debate. Our main speaker, Siebe, also won the individual prize for the best debater. Another victory was under the belt for students at Queen’s – what a weekend!