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Posts dedicated to coverage of the World Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championships and related events.

WIDPSC 2012 – HK Results


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!

Justin and Ryan also made the Persuasive final. Claudia also made the reading final, Eunice the debating final and Justin the impromptu final. All amazing results!

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.

You can check out the rankings for everything here: Read the rest of this entry



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.

RESULTS: HKPSC 2011 cum WIDPSC Tryouts 2011


For more details, visit the HKPSC 2011 tournament page.

On the 22nd Janurary 2011, 24 participients from a total of 11 schools took part in the annual Hong Kong Public Speaking Championships, with spots on the 2011 Hong Kong WIDPSC Team hanging in the balance. After rounds including debating, persuasive speaking, intereperative reading and impromptu speaking, the top 8 of the whole competition were selected to represent Hong Kong at the 2011 WIDPSC in Brisbane, Australia. It should be noted that there was a cap of two representatives from each school.

Hosted by SPCC

The HK WIDPSC 2011 Team


Thus, the 2011 Hong Kong WIDPSC Team is (in order):

  • Ben Allen (La Salle College)
  • Heather Pickerell (German Swiss International School)
  • James Lo (Diocesan Boys’ School)
  • Griffith Cheng (Li Po Chun United World College)
  • Madhav Mennon (South Island School)
  • Raphael Leung (La Salle College)
  • Alan Gigi (South Island School)
  • Jennifer Chan (Marymount Secondary School)

Persuasive Speaking

The top 8 speakers of each discipline were:

  • Ben Allen and James Lo
  • Heather Pickerell
  • John Chan
  • Madhav Mennon
  • Griffith Cheng
  • Alan Gigi
  • Eugene Kwan

Interperative Reading

  • Heather Pickerell
  • Ben Allen
  • James Lo
  • Raphael Leung
  • Jennifer Chan
  • Griffith Cheng and Madhav Mennon
  • Alan Gigi


  • Ben Allen
  • James Lo
  • Heather Pickerell
  • Raphael Leung and Griffith Cheng
  • Madhav Mennon
  • Jason Wong
  • Daniel Kaminsky

Impromptu Speaking

  • Ben Allen
  • Ambrose Yim
  • Madhav Mennon
  • Heather Pickerell and Griffith Cheng
  • Alex Wang
  • James Lo
  • Jennifer Chan and Alan Gigi
  • 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 (Preperation)
  • 1.45 – Debate (Round 1)
  • 2.30 – Debate (Round 2)
  • 3.30 – Impromptu
  • 4.30 – Completion of Competition
  • 5.00 – Announcement of Team
  • Chinese International School – 2
  • Ying Wah – 2
  • South Island School – 2
  • La Salle College – 2
  • Queen’s College – 2
  • Island School – 2
  • St Paul’s College – 2
  • Diocesan Boys School- 2
  • West Island School – 2
  • Li Po Chun – 1
  • German Swiss – 1
  • Sha Tin College – 2
  • Marymount – 2

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.

Bright future for debaters


From Young Post, South China Morning Post on 14th September 2010.

For the past 25 years, Hong Kong teams have performed well at international debating competitions, including the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) and the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC).

In 2007, Chris Sykes of Li Po Chun United World COllege set a national record by ranking sixth at WSDC, while the local team broke several Hong Kong records at this year’s WIDPSC.

Despite Hong Kong’s success, there has been no co-ordinated effort to organize territory-wide debating or public speaking contests in line wtih world school events. This is why Hong Kong could not send a team to the World Championships in Washington DC in 2008.

However, things finally came together in April this year. Michael Evershed of South Island School – manager of the WSDC team – set up the Hong Kong Schools Debating Council (HKSDC) with the support of both coaches and students across the city.
The council plans to organize two senior and two junior debating championships as well as a public speaking competition annually. It will also have the authority ot select both national debating and public speaking teams.
For the first time, HKSDC is organising debates under the world school system which involves two teams of three competing against each other.

The Heart of Europe Debating Tournament, a premier international event, provided the first chance for HKSDC to flex its new-found muscles. The council sent two teams to the Czech Republic after the debaters underwent intensive training supervised by official coaches Greg Forse and Roy Allen. The teams were accompanied by Raphael Leung, a trainee adjudicator from La Salle College.
Both teams performed extremely well – Team 1 made it to the finals, only to be beaten by South Africa, while Team 2 were knocked out in the quarter-finals. This was the best result for a Hong Kong team at an international tournament. On top of that, all eligible speakers ranked in the top 20.

HKSDC has been busy promoting debating in the city. It organised the Junior Debating Championships at Discovery Bay College in May. A total of 22 schools took aprt in the event with South Island School winning the title.

Twenty-eight schools will be participating in the first ever Senior Debating Championships, which will be held on September 25 at South Island School. It is bound to generate tremendous interest since the selections for the national debating team will be partly based on the performance of speakers at the competition.

HKSDC membership is open to students, coaches, teachers and associates from every school. They are welcome to learn more about the council, upcoming international and domestic tournaments, and the selction process for the national teams as well as register as a member at the council’s website,

Under the guidance of the HKSDC, Hong Kong’s debater’s have a bright future.

Heather Pickerell is a student at German Swiss International School