Rob BarrieOperations Manager - International Programs City: Sydney, Australia Course List:
Rob is potentially the most experienced debater in Australia. Having personally started the Western Sydney Debating Union, attended over 250 debating tournaments throughout his career, held the position of President of the World University Debating Council, Chair of the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Association and Vice-President of the Australian Debating Council, he has devoted much of his tertiary education to the art debating.
This love for the sport has led to a number of successes, including being a two-time finalist at the World University Debating Championships, as well as breaking as a debater at the Australian and Australasian Debating Championships, winning the Commonwealth Debating Championships and judging the finals series of the Australian, Australasian, Asian, New Zealand, European and World Championships, just to name a few. Rob has also spend much of the past decade passing on his knowledge to the next generation, both as an adjudicator in basically every competition held in Sydney, and as a coach at a range of schools. He also has extensive coaching and judging experience at school tournaments and workshops overseas in countries as far and wide as Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, New Zealand and more.
In his (somewhat limited) spare time, Rob has also managed to complete his law degree at Western Sydney University, helped out with more Youth Parliament events than he can count and visited dozens of countries around the world.
With university finished and his feet finally touching the ground, Rob is keen to give back to the community that has given him so much, and would like nothing more than to pass his knowledge and experience onto the next generation of debaters, both in Australia and overseas.