The Rotary District 9800 team came in 1st Place at the National MUNA Assembly at the Old Parliament House in Canberra recently.
The team consisted of Peggy Gusah from Point Cook Senior combined with Jenny Xue and Farah Iyer from Mac.Robertson Girls School to make a 3 person team.
All the girls had previously competed at our District's own MUNA event at Camp Getaway held this year at the end of May and hosted by the Rotary Club of North Melbourne.
At that event Peggy won the best debater award was part of a team sponsored by the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook and Jenny and Farah won the best team award and were hosted by the Rotary Club of Albert Park. This district have had quite a bit of success at the Canberra MUNA but this is the 1st time we had sent a 3 person team and it was clear to all those that did attend our own event that this team would be a formidable one.
But make no mistake, had these girls not won anything they still would have had a great experience in Canberra.
They were in awe of debating in the same assembly room as men of the statue of Robert Menzies and other important people in the history of Australia. As well as that on the Friday they had a meeting at the New Zealand High Commission, then off to Duntroon where they were shown around ending with lunch in the Officer’s Mess. They then went on with the schedule as arranged by the Canberra Sunrise Rotary Club which started with a tour of the ANU which included a lecture on Terrorism in Indonesia and then after dinner on Friday a talk by an Australian Diplomat of 40 years’ experience.
After debating on Saturday they were again taken to the ANU for a formal Dinner with a professor speaking on Sovereign Rights and Human Rights. Our 3 girls in particular took it all in and just loved the whole experience. As soon as the professor had finished they all went straight over to talk to him for another quarter of an hour. No other students did that.
Our district should not just be proud of the magnificent result of winning such a competitive event with other students from all over Australia but we should be even more proud of the way they represented our district by the general conduct and the way they interacted so well with everyone involved with the event. It is also worth noting that our students were the only students that were attending Government Schools. Also, Peggy has parents from Nigeria, Jenny's are from China and Farah's from India and they all represented Iran. Peggy's mother took a bus overnight to arrive on Saturday morning in time to see her daughter debate (brilliantly) in the Old Parliament House and then enjoy the formal Saturday night dinner before going straight to the bus to go back home.
It would be great if it would be possible if next year's conference committee could fit these 3 girls into their agenda because just last week Peggy spoke at the Laverton Point Cook club and the experience could only be described as entertaining and inspiring.
Anyone interested in getting a glimpse of these 3 young ladies in action can do so by looking a the 3 Youtube clips that can be seen by searching Canberra MUNA Neville Page, or using the link