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Bright future for debaters

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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, hksdc.wordpress.com.

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

RESULTS: Heart of Europe Debating Tournament 2010

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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

Motions

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.