2022 World Individual Debating & Public Speaking Championships

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 34th World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships which are being hosted remotely by The Country Day School in King City, Ontario. 

The event will run asynchronously and synchronously with preliminary rounds to run from April 9-10, in two separate time zones and with Finals and Grand Finals for all events to be held live on Zoom from April 16-17 EDT.

Judging for April 16-17 will be done by School Coaches only.

All tournament documents links can be found on this page. Please continue to check back frequently for further information as we get closer to the tournament.


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  • Read More About the Championship

    The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship is an annual international English language debating and public speaking tournament for individual high school-level students representing different countries. This year is the 34th year it has taken place and it will be hosted online by The Country Day School, in King City, Ontario. Canada.

    The Championship is represented by a diverse mix of high schools from countries as far reaching as Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, the United States, England, Bermuda, South Africa, Lithuania, Pakistan, Cyprus, Argentina, India, South Korea, China and Germany.

    The Championship is an innovative five day event which requires students to interact and collaborate with like minded peers from diverse and different schools, cultural backgrounds and countries. Each participant must compete in four different events: Debate, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive or After Dinner Speaking and Interpretive Reading.

    The challenging environment provides an avenue for individual students not only to practise and test their oratorical skills but to value the importance of the art of expression; the ability to communicate and gain recognition and respect for our ideas and opinions is vitally important.

    The Championship is aligned with the ideals of excellence, identity, and the art of expression, the ability to communicate and gain recognition and respect for one’s ideas and opinions. It targets tomorrow's leaders - students in a global market who must learn to interact and collaborate with peers from diverse schools, cultural backgrounds and countries.

Land Acknowledgment

CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land.  CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220 


Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.