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HKSDC Teams show strength in Thailand Schools Event


Three HKSDC teams recently competed in the Thailand Schools International Debating Tournament. All three teams had strong showings, with the best result being a narrow loss in the semi-final. For all the reports on this event please go to HKSDC RANKINGS THAILAND AUGUST 2012

4. Justin Lee 72.643
6. Eunice Leung 72.600
7. Natalie So 72.593
11. Austin Lee 72.166
13. Pavan Hegde 72.044
16. Aspen Wang 71.858
19. Brian Wong 71.600
20. Tiffany Ip 71.335
26. Michelle Sum 70.918
28. Hubert Cruz 70.856
31. Elizabeth Huang 70.602


Hong Kong HoEDT Development Team


HKSDC has decided to send a development team to the 2011 Heart of Europe Tournament in the Czech Republic. Last year we sent two teams under the direction of Greg Forse, the HK coach, and Mr Roy Allen to this most valuable event and the experience gained was most valuable.

This year, the team will be managed by Ms Kay Deswani from Ying Wah College, and she will prepare the team in collaboration with Greg Forse and the HK National Team that will contest the WSDC tournament in Dundee, Scotland in August 2011. This is a unique opportunity to develop debating skills in the company of very experienced debaters and coaches as well as experience a great part of Europe.

Details of HoEDT 2011:
Dates: July 10-15th 2011
Location: Olomouc, Czech Republic
HoEDT 2011 Blogpost:

Application criteria:

  1. Development criteria – as this is a development team, applicants are restricted to current year 12/Form 5 students and below. This rule is in place as we want this team to be a development team for future WSDC/World’s style events.
  2. Cost criteria – students will need to be able to meet the costs of the trip which is estimated to be approximately $18,000 HK. This is something students must discuss with parents before applying.
  3. School approval criteria – applicants will need to have the approval of their school before the trial. Students will need to balance examinations with training in the lead up to the event.

Interested parties should email Mr. Evershed at hongkongsdc@gmail expressing your interest and ability to meet the above criteria.

Trials will occur on Tuesday, 10th May 2011. Time and Venue TBC depending on number of applicants.



Preliminary Rounds

The following is just team Hong Kong’s results. Download the complete rankings here.


  • 5th – Heather Pickerell – 730.28
  • 11th – Benjamin Allen – 724.00
  • 33rd – James Lo – 709.25
  • 40th – Jennifer Chan – 705.45
  • 45th – Madhav Menon – 702.75
  • 46th – Griffith Cheng – 702.60
  • 54th – Alan Gigi – 695.5
  • 58th – Raphael Leung – 690.82

Persuasive Speaking

  • 2nd – Heather Pickerell – 185.60
  • 7th – Benjamin Allen – 183.17
  • 16th – Jennifer Chan – 179.92
  • 17th – James Lo – 179.33
  • 19th – Alan Gigi – 178.75
  • 31st – Raphael Leung – 176.08
  • 34th – Madhav Menon – 175.75
  • 44th – Griffith Cheng – 173.42


  • 7th – Benjamin Allen – 185.45
  • 8th – Heather Pickerell – 185.00
  • 29th – James Lo – 178.92
  • 30th – Jennifer Chan – 178.20
  • 32nd – Griffith Cheng – 177.93
  • 38th – Madhav Menon – 177.50
  • 50th – Raphael Leung – 174.95
  • 62nd – Alan Gigi – 172.00


  • 6th – Heather Pickerell – 182.67
  • 22nd – Benjamin Allen – 178.75
  • 37th – Griffith Cheng – 176.2
  • 46th – Alan Gigi – 173.00
  • 52nd – Jennifer Chan – 171.33
  • 54th – Madhav Menon – 170.50
  • 58th – James Lo – 169.75
  • 66th – Raphael Leung – 167.92

Interpretive Reading

  • 15th – James Lo – 181.25
  • 27th – Madhav Menon – 179.00
  • 36th – Heather Pickerell – 177.42
  • 40th – Benjamin Allen – 177.08
  • 46th – Jennifer Chan – 176.00
  • 47th – Griffith Cheng – 175.00
  • 64th – Raphael Leung – 171.87
  • 65th – Alan Gigi – 171.75


The following team members made it into the finals (the top ten from each round) and their results are as follows:

  • Heather Pickerell – Persuasive Speaking (1st), Debating (joint 2nd), Impromptu (12th)
  • Benjamin Allen – Persuasive Speaking (10th) , Debating (joint 2nd)
  • James Lo – Interpretive Reading (14th)

Grand Finals

For the first time in the history of Hong Kong’s participation in WIDPSC, team members from Hong Kong were selected to compete in the Grand Finals of the tournament. These were:

  • Heather Pickerell – Persuasive Speaking, Debating
  • Benjamin Allen – Debating

Benjamin Allen ranked 2nd in debating and Heather Pickerell was the eventual World Champion of Persuasive Speaking and ranked 4th in debating.

Team Hong Kong Selections 2011 [WSDC 2011] [WIDPSC 2011]


Congratulations to the following 12 debaters who have made the Hong Kong squad for the World Schools Debating Championships 2011. Ultimately, 5 debaters will be chosen from the squad to represent Hong Kong in Dundee in August 2011.

  • Raphael Leung
  • Ben Allen
  • Tiffany Chung
  • Pavan Hegde
  • Sanborn Li
  • Griffith Cheng
  • Heather Pickerell
  • James Lo
  • Justin Lee
  • Austin Lee
  • Iris Zhang
  • Natalie So

I would like to thank all those who took part in the process. Good luck to those who missed out – you all have a lot to offer debating in Hong Kong. I look forward to seeing you all around the tournaments.

Greg Forse will call the first meeting of the squad before Christmas and spell out expectations. In general, we will train the squad regularly until February and then make the final 5 selection.

Hong Kong Schools Debating Council – Free speech. For all. Forever.

Worlds Teams Selection Announcement

The following two teams will be selected over the coming months. Below are details as to how these teams will be chosen. They are two distinct teams with very different skill sets, and therefore have two quite different selection processes.

1. WSDC: World Schools Debating Council Championships 2010 – Dundee, Scotland
    Tournament dates: August 16-26, 2011.
    Selection dates: November 22 and 24, 2010

2. WIDPSC: World Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championship 2011 – Brisbane. Australia
     Tournament dates: April 3 – 9, 2011.
     Selection date: January 22, 2011

WSDC Selection

Number of places: 12 will be selected to form a squad which will be cut to the final team of 5 by the end of January after more intensive training and debates. (this is known as the squad system)

Dates: November 22nd (Monday) and 24th (Wednesday) 4.30 -7.30pm

Venue: To be announced

Trialists: Based on the rankings and performances at the recent HKSDC Senior Tournament, 18 students have earned the right to trial for the Hong Kong team. These students will be contacted shortly to determine their interest and availability. This method of selecting trialists was flagged in emails prior to the tournament and in several other announcements. HKSDC also reserves the right to consider, for inclusion in the trial, worthy candidates who were not available to debate on that day on a case by case basis.

Process: Trialists will complete 4 impromptu debates over two sessions before a panel of at least 6 selectors. Debaters will be mixed and matched until all selectors have seen all the debaters.

Contact: For more information or queries contact Michael Evershed at

WIDPSC Selection

Number of places: 6 – maximum of 2 from any one school.

Date: January 22 2011

Venue: To be announced

Trialists: Each school can submit only 2 students for selection. Open to any school, but each school must supply an adjudicator. Schools should therefore conduct their own trials before the WIDPSC trial to determine the best two candidates.

Process: This is a stand alone, one day only event and the winner will be awarded a trophy from HKSDC. As in the past, this will be a mini World Individual’s Competition with all four categories being tested. For information about these, go to the WIDPSC resource center on the HKSDC website.
Students will be scored by the adjudicators on all four categories, their scores tallied and the top 6 students on the day will make up the team.

Rules: All the rules for the selection process will be published in due course.

Contact Person: For more information or queries contact the competition organizer, Mary Garland at


At the time of writing there is no sponsorship to defray the costs of student involvement in these two teams.
Experience tells us that at least $10,000 per person will be needed to cover the costs of travel, registration and coach’s subsidy.


Any student taking part in the trials must have prior parental permission to attend the tournaments.


At this stage register your interest with the contact persons: Mary Garland and Michael Evershed.
Further details will be published.

RESULTS: Heart of Europe Debating Tournament 2010


View Team HK’s photos of HoEDThere.

Hong Kong was invited to participate in the 2010 Heart of Europe Debating Tournament. After much discussion, Hong Kong decided not to send 1, but 2 teams to attend the Heart of Europe Debating Tournament in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The teams have been coached by Mr. Greg Forse and Mr. Roy Allen who took charge of the WSDC 2010 and WIDPSC 2010 teams respectively.

Hong Kong 1 Hong Kong 2
(C) Benjamin Allen (LSC)
Benjamin So (QC)
Heather Pickerell (GSIS)
James Lo (DBS)
Justin Lo (LSC
(C) Pavan Hegde (SIS)
Griffith Cheng (LSC)
Tiffany Chung (SIS)

Raphael Leung, of LaSalle College, also accompanied Team Hong Kong as an adjudicator at the tournament.

Both Hong Kong teams achieved great success at the tournament, and set several national records. Hong Kong 2 won 7 out of 8 preliminary rounds with 21 judges, and Hong Kong 1 won all 8 preliminary rounds with 23 judges, only dropping one judge. Hong Kong 2 was knocked out by Canada Bi-Coastal in the quarter finals, and Hong Kong 1 defeated Czech Republic 1 and Canada Bi-Coastal in the quarter finals and semi finals respectively, only to be defeated by Team South Africa in the Finals.

This marks the first time Team Hong Kong has made it past the quarter finals of an international debating tournament, as well as the first time a team has won a trophy. Hong Kong also performed extremely well individually, with all members who met the criteria of the individual ranking system ranking within the top 20. Here is the summary of the results:

Hong Kong 1

  • Ranked 1st in the preliminary rounds with 8 wins and 23 judges
  • Ranked 2nd place after being defeated by Team South Africa in the finals

Hong Kong 2

  • Ranked 4th in the preliminary rounds with 7 wins and 21 judges

NEW: Individual Rankings (only speakers who debated five rounds in the preliminaries are eligible)

  • Heather Pickerell (HK 1) – 2nd – 74,22619048
  • Benjamin So (HK 1) – 3rd – 73,83333333
  • Tiffany Chung (HK 2) – 7th – 73,58333333
  • Benjamin Allen (HK 1) – 11th – 73,43055556
  • Pavan Hegde (HK 2) – 15th – 73,30952381
  • Griffith Cheng (HK 2) – 18th – 73,0952381

NEW: More Results from the HoEDT website


R1: THBT all Drugs should be legalized
R3: THBT Turkey should be admitted into the European Union
R5: THBT Downloading Music and Films from the Internet should be prohibited
R8: THBT all foreign Forces should be withdrawn from Afghanistan
GF: THBT Israel should be obliged (if necessary by force) to withdraw from all Lands acquired since 1966

Team HK Results

Round 1 – THBT all Drugs should be legalized
Hong Kong 1 vs UNITED STATES (Winner Hong Kong 1, 3-0)
Hong Kong 2 vs BULGARIA (Winner Hong Kong 2, 3-0)

Round 2 – Impromptu
Hong Kong 1 vs. TURKEY – Robert College A (Winner Hong Kong 1, 3-0)
Hong Kong 2 vs. TURKEY – Robert College B (Winner Hong Kong 2, 3-0)

Round 3 – THBT Turkey should be admitted into the European Union.
Hong Kong 1 vs. SLOVENIA – Slovenia D (Winner Hong Kong 1, 2-1)
Hong Kong 2 vs. SOUTH AFRICA (Winner Hong Kong 2, 2-1)

Round 4 – Impromptu
Hong Kong 1 vs. SLOVENIA – Slovenia C (Winner Hong Kong 1, 3-0)
Hong Kong 2 vs. SLOVENIA – Slovenia B (Winner Hong Kong 2, 3-0)

Round 5 – THBT Downloading Music and Films from the Internet should be prohibited
Hong Kong 1 vs. SERBIA – Serbia Math HighSchool (Winner Hong Kong 1, 3-0)
Hong Kong 2 vs. SLOVENIA – Slovenia A (Winner Slovenia A, 1-2)

Round 6 – Impromptu
Hong Kong 1 vs. ISRAEL (Winner Hong Kong 1, 3-0)
Hong Kong 2 vs. ROMANIA – Romania 2 (Winner Hong Kong 2, 3-0)

Round 7 – Impromptu
Hong Kong 1 vs. BULGARIA (Winner Hong Kong 1, 3-0)
Hong Kong 2 vs. ISRAEL (Winner Hong Kong 2, 3-0)

Round 8 – THBT all foreign Forces should be withdrawn from Afghanistan
Hong Kong 1 vs. SLOVENIA – Slovenia A (Winner Hong Kong 1, 3-0)
Hong Kong 2 vs. SLOVENIA – Slovenia C (Winner Hong Kong 2, 3-0)

Quarter-Finals – Impromptu
Hong Kong 1 vs. CZECH REPUBLIC – Czech 1 (Winner Hong Kong 1, 3-2)
Hong Kong 2 vs. CANADA- Canada Bi-Coastal (Winner Canada, 2-3)

Semi-Finals – Impromptu
Hong Kong 1 vs. CANADA – Canada Bi-Coastal (Winner Hong Kong 1, 4-3)

Finals – THBT Israel should be obliged (if necessary by force) to withdraw from all Lands acquired since 1966
Hong Kong 1 vs. South Africa (Winner South Africa, 3-6)

After many hours of painstaking work, debater Heather Pickerell has managed to put the videos online for others to watch. Whether you want to see the world schools format or Team Hong Kong’s performance, the debate is a beauty to watch. The videos have been embedded below.

Alternatively, you can watch the debate in separate parts on Youtube. It has also been embedded below.