In a competition of such prestige and proportions, the University of Auckland’s placing in the bracket of teams between 32 and 64, ahead of universities such as Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge (and even our friendly Kiwi rivals, Victoria University of Wellington!) is impressive.
The team was made up of five students: Matt Budler, Finn Lowery, Jack Davies, Michael Greenop and Ana Lenard; ably assisting them as coaches were Campbell Herbert, Nupur Upadhyay and Thom Clark.
Aside from the excellent placing, the team were also recognised with a Frederic Eisemann Award (Honourable Mention for Team Oral Submissions). Success was also had in the individual stakes, with Michael and Finn both receiving a Martin Domke Award (Honourable Mentions for Individual Oralists).
While the scale of the preparation for a tournament such as Vis Moot is immense in itself, the team also competed in a mammoth schedule of tournaments in the lead up. They placed 9th place out of 32 teams in Shanghai, came 2nd in Heidelberg, reached the final (but unfortunately had to leave early due to travel bookings) in Brussels. Most impressively though, they enjoyed two victories, placing first in both Romania and Budapest! If that wasn’t enough, our mooters also entered non-competitive tournaments in Dusseldorf and Belgrade. To cram such a large number of competitions into the space of just a few weeks is a testament to the commitment of these five mooters, and we congratulate them for such amazing successes along the way.
Representing Auckland so successfully in so many competitions was enabled in no small part by the generous support of the University of Auckland, Bankside Chambers and Shortland Chambers, all enthusiastic sponsors and supporters of our Vis Moot team. To have these these education and industry leaders contribute so willingly to the ongoing development of mooting at the University of Auckland and representation at the highest level is appreciated immensely by both the team and the University of Auckland Mooting Society.