RESULTS: WIDPSC 2010 – Team Hong Kong

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The 2010 World Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championships have finished. Held in Lithuania this year, it has been a resounding success, especially for Team Hong Kong. Of the 52 spots in the finals (essentially a semi-final), Hong Kong snagged a record 7 spots in total, the best in Hong Kong’s 3 years of attendance.
Prakash Sanker and Paul Lau each grabbed 2 final spots last year totaling 4. That record was broken with this years astounding 7 final spots.

Debating : Heather Pickerell
Impromptu Speaking : Heather Pickerell, Benjamin So, Sachin Srivastava
Persuasive Speaking : Tiffany Chung
Interpretative Reading : Sachin Srivastava, Griffith Cheng

With the conclusion of WIDPSC 2010, the overall results have also come in. Team Hong Kong of Heather Pickerell, Sachin Srivastava, Benjamin So, Tiffany Chung, Griffith Cheng and Geoffrey (Biffo) Liew broke new ground in a highly competitive field.
Although Hong Kong was unlucky not to have any grand finalists, the record for 2010 was still shockingly impressive.

Here are the overall rankings for Team Hong Kong 2010:

  • 6th – Heather Pickerell – 725.58
  • 16th – Sachin Srivastava – Hong Kong – 719.60
  • 20th – Benjamin So – Hong Kong – 718.00
  • 24th – Tiffany Chung – Hong Kong – 715.83
  • 25th – Griffith Cheng – Hong Kong – 715.58
  • 44th – Geoffrey Liew – Hong Kong – 695.93

Congratulations to Team Hong Kong for a wonderful showing. Many of the team will remain in contention next year so the future looks bright for Hong Kong. As the founder of WIDPSC John Robinson said himself “Hong Kong is on the Map!”

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Results for Hong Kong following the 2 rounds of each category

Debate

  • 2 – Heather – 186.83
  • 19 – Griffith – 179.25
  • 21 – Ben – 176.00
  • 37 – Biffo – 173.50
  • 46 – Sachin – 171.60
  • 57 – Tiffany – 168.00

Impromptu Speaking

  • 4 – Sachin – 186.25
  • 5 – Heather – 186.063
  • 11 – Ben – 183.93
  • 14 – Griffith – 183.16
  • 26 – Biffo – 179.3
  • 30 – Tiffany – 177.916

Interpretive Reading

  • 6 – Griffith – 185
  • 12 – Sachin – 183.67
  • 14 – Tiffany – 183.5
  • 17 – Ben – 182.67
  • 48 – Biffo – 175.27
  • 65 – Heather – 171.25

Persuasive Speaking

  • 3 – Tiffany – 186.42
  • 12 – Heather – 182.17
  • 26 – Sachin – 178.08
  • 44 – Ben – 172.67
  • 52 – Griffith – 168.42
  • 54 – Biffo – 167.83

On the 7th of April 2010, 6 students from Hong Kong will set off with coach Mr. Allen to attend the 2010 World Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Lithuania.

It will be the third time Team Hong Kong is represented at WIDPSC following great success in 2008 at Stuttgart and in 2009 in Reading. Contrary to WSDC, WIDPSC is fought on an individual basis over 4 categories (Debating, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speech/After Dinner Speech and Interpreative Reading) You can find more information about WIDPSC at its unofficial information portal.

As a sign of the competitiveness of the Hong Kong Public Speaking scene, the continuous development and wealth of talent in Hong Kong, all six Hong Kong representatives will be attending their first WIDPSC tournament. The 6 representatives for Hong Kong will be :

The art piece representing Hong Kong that won the WIDPSC 2010 art competition

Team Hong Kong

  • Yu Fai Benjamin So (Queens College)
  • Ho Fung Griffith Cheng (La Salle College)
  • Heather Pickerell (German Swiss International School)
  • Sachin Srivastava (German Swiss International School)
  • Tiffany Chung (South Island School)
  • Geoffrey ‘Biffo’ Liew (Sha Tin College)

The team have been coached by Mr. Roy Allen who will join the team in Lithuania. Ms. Mary Garland was also crucial in the organization, coaching and management of the team although she will not be joining them in Lithuania.

You can read about the team’s last minute fears at their blogs below :

Given the many numbers that need to be crunched in order for results to be finalized, results are infrequently released as opposed to the WSDC who post daily updates. With over 100 competitors and at least 3 judges per individual, the hundreds of numbers take time to sort and results are usually only announced towards the end when those who have qualified for the final and released. A final list is given to each competitor only at the closing ceremony, containing the top 40 odd individuals for each category. As a result, news will be far and few in between with regards to results.

Most importantly, we must say good luck to the entire team. It is a wonderful experience that they will thoroughly enjoy.

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