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    Heart of Europe Debating Tournament

    • Heart of Europe International Debating Tournament
      General Information
      Established 2001 by John L. Wickham
      Website www.heart-of-europe.org
      Location Olomouc, Czech Republic
      Key people Jakub Kadlec, Chief Organiser
      Focus World Schools Style Debating
      Other tournament networks
      Facebook Heart-of-Europe-Debating-Tournament-Official-Site
      Twitter @HeartofEuropeDT
      Vkontakte hoedt
      You Tube theczechdebatetv
      Flicker 76287098@N04
      U Stream HeartofEuropeTV
      Linkedin Heart-Europe-7447844
      HASHTAG HOEDT

      The Heart of Europe International Debating Tournament (HOE DT) is an annual debating tournament for high school-level teams which is held in English.

      The Heart of Europe Debating Tournament is a WSDC (World Schools Debating Championships) based international debate tournament founded by John L. Wickham and the students of Olomouc - Hejcin High School. Originally a competition for high school students of European countries that had previously participated in the KPDP (Karl Popper Debate Program) established by OSI (Open Society Institute), after some time it became a truly global competition for high school debaters. The first Heart of Europe Debating Tournament was held in Olomouc, Czech Republic in 2001. The event attracted participants from Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In 2002, the tournament didn't take place because the organizers were not able to obtain the necessary funding. Nonetheless, a year later, in 2003, the second year of the tournament was held. It has been hosted in Olomouc, Czech Republic every time since then, being organised by Debate Club Olomouc throughout the years 2004–2009. Heart of Europe has lately become an annual event and has been organised by the Association of Debate Clubs of Olomouc Region since 2010.

      The year 2010 was a real step-up for the tournament, having had 17 countries participate, including such exotic ones as South Africa and China that engaged in the Grand Final of this year.

      In year 2011 there was really significant step in improvement of quality of the tournament. Organising Committee established cooperation withPalacky University Olomouc. All the dabetes took place in magnificent building of Faculty of Science. The tournament also received new visual style in this year and a lot of work on promotion was done, such as new social networks, photo and video documentation. New participating countries were Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Singapore and Sweden.

      Year 2012 was the greatest cornerstone in the history of the tournament. It was held by a new organization, Czech Debate Society, o. s.. For the first time, the tournament was also available online to participants all around the world because of the project "Heart of Europe accessible to everyone". What more, one additional new project was connected with the promotion of the tournament, The Czech Debate TV, with purpose to monitor debate and educational events and present educational videos. The tournament enjoyed fruitful partnerships with projects Debating Europe and The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic - European Affairs Information Department. In that year we have yet again welcomed several new nations, namely Chile, Nigeria, Macedonia, as well as it was the 5th anniversary of Jakub Kadlec' involvement with the tournament.


      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2016 Mohanoe Itumeleng Kenneth  South Africa Head of CAP
      2016 Tabyanian Dena  Canada Member of CAP
      2016 Krawczyk Laura  Poland Member of CAP
      2016 Mazilu Simona Anca  Romania Member of CAP
      2016 Vildosola Delfina Maria  Argentina Member of CAP
      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2015 Mohanoe Itumeleng Kenneth  South Africa Head of CAP
      2015 Cena Frankie  Canada Member of CAP
      2015 Ivanovski Petar  Macedonia Member of CAP
      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2014 Chalabi Wissam  Sweden Head of CAP
      2014 Cvikl Eva Nike  Slovenia Member of CAP
      2014 Mohanoe Itumeleng Kenneth  South Africa Member of CAP
      2014 Belafi Carmen  Germany Member of CAP
      2014 Cena Frankie  Canada Member of CAP
      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2013 Wickham John L.  United Kingdom Head of CAP
      2013 Polsak Aljosa  Slovenia Member of CAP

      Tabulation Officer

      2013 Mohanoe Itumeleng Kenneth  South Africa Member of CAP
      2013 Sovaiala Nae  Romania Member of CAP
      2013 Cena Frankie  Canada Member of CAP
      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2016 Kadlec Jakub  Czech Republic Chief Organiser

      Head of Czech Debate Sociaety (CDS)

      Finance

      Housekeeping

      Visas

      Motion Committee

      Member of Registration Team

      2016 Mohanoe Itumeleng Kenneth  South Africa Head of Chief Adjudicator' Panel (CAP)

      Motion Committee

      2016 Klos Stepan  Czech Republic Tabulation Officer
      2016 Azaz Daniel  Slovenia Tabulation Officer
      2016 Waic Vlastimil  Czech Republic Registration Officer

      Complains Officer

      Project Manager of Czech Debate Society (CDS)

      2016 Matylda Klosova  Czech Republic Delegates Care Officer
      2016 Osypiuk Gosia  Poland Socials Officer
      2016 Dobes Pavel  Czech Republic Logistics Officer

      Medical Officer

      2016 Kuzminova Veronika  Czech Republic Catering Officer
      2016 Mgr. Rezny Martin  Czech Republic Venue Manager
      2016 Gardavsky Ondrej  Czech Republic PR & Media Officer
      2016 Sulc Josef  Czech Republic IT Administrator
      2016 Ligurska Klara  Czech Republic Complaints Officer

      Member of Registration Team

      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2015 Kadlec Jakub  Czech Republic Chief Organiser

      Head of Czech Debate Sociaety (CDS)

      Finance

      Housekeeping

      Visas

      Motion Committee

      Member of Registration Team

      2015 Mohanoe Itumeleng Kenneth  South Africa Head of Chief Adjudicator' Panel (CAP)

      Motion Committee

      2015 Klos Stepan  Czech Republic Tabulation Officer
      2015 Azaz Daniel  Slovenia Tabulation Officer
      2015 Waic Vlastimil  Czech Republic Registration Officer

      Project Manager of Czech Debate Society (CDS)

      2015 Cerna Tereza  Czech Republic Delegates Care Officer
      2015 Siwkova Hana  Czech Republic Socials Officer
      2015 Dobes Pavel  Czech Republic Logistics Officer
      2015 Dankova Denisa  Czech Republic Catering Officer
      2015 Mgr. Rezny Martin  Czech Republic Communications Officer
      2015 Sulc Josef  Czech Republic IT Administrator
      2015 Ligurska Klara  Czech Republic Complaints Officer

      Member of Registration Team

      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2014 Kadlec Jakub  Czech Republic Chief Organiser

      Head of Czech Debate Sociaety (CDS)

      Finance

      Visas

      Motion Committee

      Member of Registration Team

      2014 Chalabi. Wissam  Sweden Head of Chief Adjudicator' Panel (CAP)

      Motion Committee

      2014 Polsak Aljosa  Slovenia Tabulation Officer
      2014 Fink Jernej  Slovenia Tabulation Officer
      2014 Bc. Machacek Lukas  Czech Republic Registration Officer

      Motion Committee

      2014 Cerna Tereza  Czech Republic Delegates Care
      2014 Tichy Antonin  Czech Republic Socials Officer
      2014 Dankova Denisa  Czech Republic Logistics Officer & Catering Officer
      2014 Bc. Rezny Martin  Czech Republic Communications Officer
      2014 Waic Vlastimil  Czech Republic Complaints Officer
      2014 Ligurska Klara  Czech Republic Complaints Officer

      Member of Registration Team

      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2013 Kadlec Jakub  Czech Republic Chief Organiser

      Chief Organiser

      Head of Czech Debate Society (CDS)

      Finance

      Visas

      Motion Committee

      2013 Wickham L. John  United Kingdom Head of Chief Adjudicator' Panel (CAP)

      Motion Committee

      2013 Polsak Aljosa  Slovenia Tabulation Officer

      Member of CAP

      2013 Bradac Jiri  Czech Republic Registration Officer

      Motion Committee

      2013 Cerna Tereza  Czech Republic Delegates Care
      2013 Sladky Jakub  Czech Republic Logistics Officer

      Project Manager of Czech Debate Society (CDS)

      2013 Bc. Rezny Martin  Czech Republic PR & Media Officer
      2013 Burget Lukas  Czech Republic Complaints Officer
      2013 Ligurska Klara  Czech Republic Complaints Officer

      Member of Registration Team

      Year Surname Name Country Position
      2012 Kadlec Jakub  Czech Republic Chief Organiser

      Head of Association of Debate Clubs of Olomouc Region

      Finance

      Visas

      Motion Committee

      Member of CAP

      2012 Wickham L. John  United Kingdom Head of Chief Adjudicator' Panel (CAP)

      Motion Committee

      2012 Polsak Aljosa  Slovenia Tabulation Officer

      Member of CAP

      2012 Bc. Machacek Lukas  Czech Republic Registration Officer

      Motion Committee

      2012 Cerna Tereza  Czech Republic Delegates Care and Logistics Officer
      2012 Bc. Rezny Martin  Czech Republic PR & Media Officer
      2012 Burget Lukas  Czech Republic Complaints Officer
      2012 Ligurska Klara  Czech Republic Complaints Officer
      Year Champions Runners-up Semi-finalists Venue Organizer Chief Judge
      2016  Canada - UTS-A  Denmark - Denmark A  South Africa - BAD GOLD: DELUXE  Canada - Canada Red Olomouc,  Czech Republic Jakub Kadlec Itumeleng Kenneth Mohanoe
      2015  Canada - Canada Blue  Canada - Canada West  Canada - Canada Red  Denmark - Denmark Red Olomouc,  Czech Republic Jakub Kadlec Itumeleng Kenneth Mohanoe
      2014  South Africa - South Africa A1  Canada - Canada Red  Romania - SAVA A  Singapore - Raffles Knights Olomouc,  Czech Republic Jakub Kadlec Wissam Chalabi
      2013  Canada - Canada Red  United States - USA A  Turkey - Turkish National  Slovenia - DGM Black Olomouc,  Czech Republic Jakub Kadlec John L. Wickham
      2012  Singapore - Raffles  Canada - Canada A  Canada - Canada West  Canada - Canada East Olomouc,  Czech Republic Jakub Kadlec John L. Wickham
      2011  Czech Republic - Red  Turkey - Turkey  Singapore - Raffles Knights &  Hong Kong - Hong Kong 1 Olomouc,  Czech Republic Jakub Kadlec, Bc. Roman Petr George Yeoman
      2010  South Africa - South Africa  Hong Kong - Hong Kong 1  Canada - Bicostal &  Czech Republic - ISP Olomouc,  Czech Republic Michal Roubalik, Jakub Kadlec John L. Wickham
      2009  South Korea - KMLA  Slovenia - Slovenia A  Canada - Only one team &  South Korea - Baumgardener Olomouc,  Czech Republic Jakub Kadlec John L. Wickham
      2008  Israel - Israel  Romania - Romania 1 Olomouc,  Czech Republic Marek Stepan John L. Wickham
      2006 Olomouc,  Czech Republic Matej Pilat John L. Wickham
      2004  Hungary  Romania - Romania 1  Slovenia &  Czech Republic - NAT Olomouc,  Czech Republic Matej Pilat John L. Wickham
      2003  United States  Czech Republic  Estonia Olomouc,  Czech Republic John L. Wickham John L. Wickham
      2001  Czech Republic  Slovakia Olomouc,  Czech Republic John L. Wickham John L. Wickham
      Year EFL Award Winners
      2015  Denmark - Denmark Red
      2014  Romania - SAVA A
      2013  Romania - ARGO
      2012  Israel - Lod 1
      2011  Czech Republic - Red
      2010  Czech Republic - Czech 1

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