Worlds Individuals Selection Announcements


Next Big Event, WIDPSC 2013 Team Hong Kong Selection

As announced at the 5th Senior HKSDC debating Championships held recently at DGS, HKSDC is seeking 8 students to represent Team Hong Kong in Durban, South Africa in April 2013 during Easter.
Trials to be held at Heep Yunn School, 1 Farm Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon on November 3rd 2012.

November 3rd 2012 selection date – limited to three applicants per school.

Only the teachers in charge of debating and public speaking can register students from their school. Students must consult their teachers, and no student is permitted to make an entry on their own.

Register here

Applications close October 24th 2012. Any further enquiries please contact Michael Evershed at

Further details after the break

1st October, 2012.

Dear Students, Teachers and Debate Coaches,

On behalf of the HKSDC, I am delighted to invite your school to participate in the Hong Kong Selection Trials for the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships, which will be held on Saturday November 3rd. The venue will be Heep Yunn School, 1 Farm Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon . Competitors are required to arrive no later than 8.30 am.

The objectives of the competition are two-fold:
1. To promote and foster a higher level of public speaking skills among high school students in Hong Kong.
2. To select an eight-member Hong Kong Team for the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships to be held in Durban, South Africa, Easter 2013.

Please see the international Individuals website for news of the event.

Rules for the four categories at the HKSDC trials can be found at:

More detailed information about the categories and copies of the scoresheets with judging criteria can be found at:

There are two important changes for this year’s team selection.

Firstly, schools may send up to THREE applicants, and all three are eligible for team selection (previously TWO).

Secondly, under very exceptional circumstances, if an applicant is unable to compete on the designated day, Saturday November 3rd, there will be a pre-tournament event on Thursday November November 1st 4.30-7.00. This is included for the first time to make sure those students who have examinations (SAT tests, for instance) are still eligible. They will complete the four categories before a specially appointed panel and their scores will be counted and added to Saturday’s scores. Students wishing to be considered for the pre-tournament MUST apply in writing and only in exceptional circumstances will permission be granted.

We look forward to seeing you at the selections for the 2013 Hong Kong team for the World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships.

Please read below for detailed information. Online registration available shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Evershed (HKSDC Chair)

Schedule, History of WIDPSC and General Information after the break.

  • 8.30 – Registration
  • 8.45 – Adjudicators’ brief
  • 9.15 – Persuasive speaking
  • 10.45 – Break
  • 11.15 – Prepared Reading
  • 12.45 – Lunch Break
  • 1.15 – Debate (Preparation)
  • 1.45 – Debates
  • 3.30 – Impromptu
  • 4.30 – Completion of Competition
  • 5.00 – Announcement of Team
The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships: History

The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships was founded in 1987, and attracts “the best of the best” high-school debaters and public speakers from more than a dozen countries. Every year, over 100 competitors qualify for the World Championships through national or international level competitions.

Some of the countries which have been represented at the World Championships are: Argentina, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Pakistan, Peru, Russia Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, and The United States.

This is the sixth year that Hong Kong will send a team to the World Championships. In the short space of five years Team Hong Kong has built up an impressive record in this international tournament, capturing World Titles with Heather Pickerell (persuasive Speaking –Brisbane 2011) and Lucien Wang (interpretive reading – Brisbane 2012)

News of the 2012 TEAM Hong Kong performances can be found here …and more news … of the 2011 TEAM Hong Kong’s achievements can be found here.

Results of the 2012 Team Selection Trial can be found here with the photos here

General Information for Schools

Registration Cap
  • There will be a cap of 60 competitors for the 2013 HK selection trials;
  • Schools may submit the names of up to THREE competitors for the 2013 HKPSC;
  • Applications will close as soon as the registration cap is met or 24 October 2012, whichever comes first.
  • Schools are expected to conduct internal tournaments for the selection of their representatives, should there be more than three students who express an interest in the trials;
  • Registration fee for each student is $200, payable in cash on the day of the tournament. (Fee to cover costs of stationery, trophies, certificates, judges refreshments, venue costs and equipment)
  • Each student must enter in all four mandatory events: Debating, Impromptu Speaking, Interpretive Reading and Persuasive Speaking;
  • Each participating school is required to provide one coach or teacher, who will serve as a judge for the selections throughout the whole of the selection event. Unless this condition is met, students will not be allowed to compete at the trials;
  • Members of competitors’ families may not act as adjudicators:
  • The top eight speakers will be offered a position on the team to represent Hong Kong at the 2013 World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships in South Africa.
  • It is essential that all competitors check their availability to go to South Africa in Easter 2013. This must be cleared with parents and school BEFORE registering for the trial.
  • The trip to South Africa is self-funding as there are no financial sponsors for this event. Therefore, students must make sure they are able to raise the estimated cost of $15000 for the airfares and event registration.
  • Dress code for the day is semi-formal to formal – no school uniforms
  • Lunch will not be provided – there are many good, cheap restaurants minutes away from Heep Yunn School
Rules for the Selection Trials

1. Competitors
1.1. Each school participating in the selections may register up to three students ‘competitors’ to compete in the tournament;
1.2. Competitors must be below 18 years of age as of 1 April 2013.

2. Coaches
2.1. Each participating school shall provide one adjudicator, who is not a member of a competitor’s family. This person will act as a judge for the selections. If the judge is not a teacher from the school, they must be approved by the school.

3. Tournament
3.1. The Tournament shall consist of four sections, namely:
(a) Debating
(b) Impromptu Speaking
(c) Interpretive Reading
(d) Persuasive Speaking;
3.2. Each competitor will receive a score out of 100 for each of the four disciplines. The competitor with the highest combined score over the four sections shall be the Champion;
3.3. Competitors shall author their own Persuasive Speech, and shall select their own extract for the Interpretive Reading category;
3.4. Competitors may not use Speeches or Readings that have been presented at an inter-school competition before. They can, however, use the speech they presented at their own schools selection trial.

4. Qualifying for The World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships
4.1. The eight competitors with the highest combined score over the four categories shall be eligible to represent Hong Kong at the subsequent World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships.
4.2. Competitors are expected to finance their own trips to the World Championships. 2013 Cost estimate: $15000

5. Disqualification
5.1. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any competitor found guilty of plagiarism will be disqualified from the tournament. If an award has been made, the Tournament Director will withdraw the award.
5.2. In the event of any dispute as to the application of any of the above rules, the Tournament Director’s decision shall be final.

Rules for the four categories at the HKSDC trials can be found at:
Resources can be found at

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