I went to the World Debating Championship recently. Siding with Monash Australia throughout, and watching their debates, one debater from Ottawa caught my eye...but for the wrong reasons. He debated very well, but didn't take any objections from the other debaters (considered a must in the debating world).
His name is Jamie Furniss.
By the end of the tournament, he wound up being the World Champion.
But that is not why I am writing about Jamie.
What do you think a debater would do when he has just been bestowed arguably the greatest honour of his debating career, the highest any debater can get? I don't know about the others, but I know what Jamie did. Instead of going home to his friends and family in Canada, he changed his flight plans and went to Phuket to help with the relief effort (check out his progress here: Some news and CUSID Donation).
What would I have done if I won the Worlds?
Probably not this. I probably don't have the guts for it.
That's why he is my first ever Hero of the Day.
Jamie, I salute you.