Will Sherlock

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William Sherlock
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Will delivering his opening 2nd proposition speech at the Stem Cell debate during the 160th Session.
Positions Held Development Officer - 157th & 158th
Sessions on Committee 157th, 158th

Will Sherlock is an alumnus of Christian Brothers Secondary school Mitchelstown. His first experience in debating was in 2003/2004 when the school entered into the Concern Debating Competition. The team of Kevin Hennessy (captain), Will Sherlock, Anthony Slattery and Donal Coakley progressed to the last 32 of the competition, which had 170 teams.

At the Limerick IV 2005, he missed the break on speaker-points with partner Rachel Scanlon despite a notorious incident in the fourth round where he began a first proposition speech on surgery for profit only to be told in a point of clarification that the motion was TTH supports surrogacy for profit. He paused and proceeded to ad lib a speech. In 2005/2006 Will competed at UCD with Deirdre Milner and again missed the break on speaker-points. He broke second at the Galway National Law Debates with partner Shane Lyons. At the 2006 Limerick IV he reached the final with Partner Luke Harris.

He served as Development Officer of both the 157th Session and 158th Session of the UCC Philosophical Society. Notable aspects of his tenure include a policy whereby everybody gave a speech at their first session regardless of previous experience. Specialized development sessions included, POI's, Structure and proper analysis. Novelty development sessions included reverse debating, First prop debating and restricting notes to 3 words. In conjunction with social secretaries Aoife Marie Conway, John Gleeson and Anna Timoney, he encouraged a strong and regular social aspect to development. Events included regular poker nights, pancake nights as well as social events to mark the first and last development session of the year. Opening sessions were particularly well attended during this time with over 100 people attending each. At these opening meetings an experienced philosoph member was assigned as mentor to each novice team. These teams were divided into 4 rooms and every novice speaker gave a speech between 2 and 3 minutes in length.

Will was invited back to the house as guest speaker on two occasions during the 160th session. He spoke in favour of stem cell research and against the death penalty.


Competitive Debating Involvement[edit]

Semi Finalist: Koc Open 2006 (Partner: Cian Hargrave-Murphy)
Semi Finalist: Galway National Law Debates (Partner: Shane Lyons)
Finalist: UL IV (Partner:Luke Harris)
Participated: World Universities' Debating Championships 2007
Adjudicator: World Universities' Debating Championships 2006

Internal Guest Speaker[edit]

Capital Punishment Debate: 1st Opposition Speaker. The motion was defeated.
Stem Cell Debate: 2nd Proposition Speaker. The motion was carried


Associated Quotes[edit]

Will Sherlock - "One extra strand of DNA does not a human being make"
Ross Frenett - "Women want him, men want to be him... Will Sherlock"
Will Sherlock - "I always consider it a good night when I've been compared to the nazis at least once"