WIDPSC 2012: Glittering Team Hong Kong effort with Lucien Wang crowned World Champion for Interpretive Reading
The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships have just concluded in Brisbane, Australia, with Team Hong Kong returning a set of outstanding results.
The team of Brian Wong (Island School), Esther Mak (St. Paul’s Co-ed), Justin Lee (Shatin College), Claudia Tam (West Island School), Lucien Wang (KGV), Eunice Leung (Maryknoll Convent School), Ryan Tang (St Paul’s Co-ed) and Sarah Ku (Heep Yunn School) traveled to Australia to compete in four speaking disciplines: Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Interpretive Reading and Debating.
Lucien won the Interpretive Reading grand final and follows Heather Pickerell (2011 -Persuasive Speaking) as our second ever World Champion. A fantastic achievement!
Lucien did the Room 101 section from George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel ‘1984’. Coach, Mr Roy Allen noted that Lucien: “managed to match Richard Burton for power and creepiness. It was done in a large Lecture Theatre and he did very well to project the voice and create a sense of fear… he got better each time he did it.”
After the preliminary rounds, several students finished in the top ten, earning them the right to compete in the “finals”. Only the top two (four for debating) contest the “grand final”. Reaching the finals is a major achievement in itself – congratulations!
Esther came 3rd in the final and was 1st overall in the preliminary rankings for Persuasive. Brilliant effort!
Regarding the top 50 rankings of each category – here is the team summary:
In the overall rankings, all 8 members of the team came in the top 50.
In the persuasive category, all 8 members of the team came in the top 30.
In the impromptu category, all 8 members of the team came in the top 40.
Big thanks are due to team mentors: Roy Allen (coach) and Steven Lee (manager) who took the team to the championships after many, many hours of work. Alumni like Ben Allen are also to be thanked for giving the time to make this team a most successful one, even more meritorious given it was probably our youngest ever team Hong Kong.