Thanks to our competitors

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“[eDebate] Thanks to our competitors

Ross Smith smithr at wfu.edu
Wed Apr 1 17:38:14 CDT 2009

I’ve received some e-mail and facebook praise (thanks!). I want to issue
a broader reply.

Maybe it’s just too obvious to state, but I’ve rarely been a person of
few words (once you get me going) . . . .

Thank you competitors. Every one of you, coach and debater, who face our
teams and push our teams to think harder, research deeper, get outside
of our narrower confines. You pose questions to our coaching, without
which questions we could not learn and improve.

On occasion, hopefully rare, we do not reciprocate or we fail to
appreciate. When we (being human) are at our worst we might denigrate. I
hope and trust not, but know that we mean not.

We can’t do it without you.

What are the best debates you have judged or debated in? They are
closely contested. They reflect a commitment to excellence. That
atttribute can never be one sided.

We are at our worst and best when we put everything we have into a
debate and come up on the short end. But who gave us the opportunity to
be triumphant and feel that the win was meaningful in the first place?
Our competitors.

Thank you.


Ross K. Smith
Director of Debate
Wake Forest University”

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