A Word from The Chief Adjudicator 2020

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Dear Prospective Heart of Europe 2020 participants,

Laura Krawczyk

Laura Krawczyk

I’m Laura and I’m very pleased to invite you to join us this year! As the Chief Adjudicator, I am tasked with steering the direction of the Tournament. I’ll be working closely with the Tabulation Officers and the Organisers to provide a smooth experience. As the Chief Adjudicator, I want to ensure that everyone knows what to do at the Tournament in order to get the most out of it! Therefore, my strategy for this can be broken down into two parts:
We will be having an extensive adjudicating workshop which will be interactive, and ending with a Q&A. Our team who will be delivering the training, has an extensive theoretical knowledge of debating, as well as many years of adjudicating experience at various circuits, to cater to the needs of the participants. This should be a breeze for our alumni adjudicators who are already familiar with the Tournament’s format. However, for adjudicators who are here for the first time, it will present an adaptation challenge where we will go over Tournament-specific rules. For individuals new to adjudicating, we will go extensively through adjudicating 101. After the new adjudicators’ initiation, all the other adjudicators will join us for our usual training.
We will be conducting a two part debating training: the first part will be for individuals new to debating, whilst the latter will focus on honing the skills already gained by the advanced and intermediate debaters. The second part will focus on the Tournament’s format, give insight into what we expect from our debaters, explain the scoring system, as well as conduct a Q&A. This will be preceded by WS debating 101 workshop where we will start at the very beginning and provide you with a combination of theory and practice to feel confident in your first debates.


The goal I’ve set out for myself for the 2020 edition is very close to me. I was raised in an environment where the motto was to give back, that is why I want to focus on training the next generation of debaters, adjudicators, and Chief Adjudicators’ Panelists. We all start at the beginning, I’m a good example of that seeing as in 7 years I went from debating to having the honour to be the Chief Adjudicator at the Tournament that saw me grow up. I look forward to seeing you grow up, mature, and succeed at Heart of Europe this year!


Kind regards,

Laura Krawczyk

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