This week was a short preparation debate where the team does not know the topic until they arrive and then they have one hour in which to write their speeches and prepare rebuttal. It's tough, it's stressful and completely internet free. You need to ride the wave of adrenaline to be creative and you also need to be efficient. The only equipment you are allowed are paper, pens and a dictionary.
We opposed the topic: that political parties should not be allowed to change their leaders outside of an election period, and despite our bravely fought campaign and excellent rebuttal, we were defeated by Lourdes Hill 10.2.