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After 44 debates at Discovery College on Friday May 28th two teams emerged as worthy combatants for the prize of tournament Champion. South island School Team 2 engaged in battle from proposition with Hong Kong Academy Team 2 on the motion “This House believes that blocking and filtering of  internet websites by governments does more good than harm”.

In a lively debate, SIS2 managed to pull ahead on the point that when governments apply such moves, they do so to protect “the greater good”. HKA2 had a more sophisticated counter point that non-censorship of such sites could actually inform the public of what is out there in public forums and thus create open challenges to such sites.

In the end, SIS2 developed further points and won because some of these were left standing, and they showed more clinical, strategic approach to the debate. International adjudicator, Mehvesh Ahmed commented on the high quality of  the debating in both the semi- finals and grand final.

Congratulations to both teams of finalists:

  • SIS2: Avirup Banerjee, Saharsha Karki, Evan Leung and Janna Ng
  • HKA2: Camila Saravia, Victoria Saravia, Alison Choi and Elisa Ip

Of the 22 competing teams, all top 11 won at least 2 out of 3 preliminary debates:

  1. South Island School 2 (CHAMPION TROPHY AWARD)
  2. Hong Kong Academy 2 (RUNNER-UP TROPHY AWARD)
  3. South Island School 1
  4. Hong Kong Academy 1
  5. West Island School 1
  6. Diocesan Boys’ School
  7. Queen’s College 2
  8. Chinese International School
  9. King George V School 2
  10. Renaissance College 1
  11. Queen Elizabeth School 2

Total after three preliminary debates. (Participation in a minimum of 2 debates required)

  1. Lucien Wang – King George V School 2 (BEST SPEAKER AWARD)
  2. Avirup Banerjee – South Island School 2
  3. Camila Saravia – Hong Kong Academy 2
  4. Newton Cheng – Hong Kong Academy 1
  5. Saharsha Karki – South Island School 2
  6. Madhav Menon – South Island School 1
  7. Aaron Francis – Hong Kong Academy 1
  8. Lara Gander – West Island School 1
  9. Nathan Chan – Diocesan Boys’ School
  10. Steve Lo – Diocesan Boys’ School

Participation open to 5 best speakers outside of semi-final teams.

  1. Steve Lo – Diocesan Boys’ School (BEST IMPROMPTU SPEECH AWARD)
  2. Lucien Wang – King George V School
  3. Nathan Chan –Diocesan Boys’ School
  4. Lara Gander – West Island School1
  5. Katherine Pemberton – Chinese International School
  1. This House would put a fat tax on fast food. (Prepared)
  2. This House believes that CCTV is a threat to privacy. (Prepared)
  3. This House believes that dating at secondary school does more good than harm. (Impromptu)
  4. This House believes that celebrities have a positive effect on society. (Impromptu – SF & Friendly)
  5. This House believes that the blocking and filtering of internet sites by governments brings more good than harm. (Impromptu – GF)

Congratulations to all debaters for making the day engaging, lively and memorable. Stay tuned for details of next years’ two major Junior events events.
Many thanks to Discovery College for hosting the smooth running event .
Thanks also go to the ESF for financially and ideologically backing the development of  the HKSDC and the Discovery College tournament.

Well done! See you on the debating floor.
Michael Evershed  and Flora Mather (Tournament Organisers)

Date : Friday 28th May 2010
Venue : Discovery College, 38 Siena Drive, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Time : 8.30am to 5.00pm (Please allow an additional hour from central ferry departure time)
Eligibility : Junior Debaters – Years 7-9 (International Schools) / Forms 1-3 (Local Schools)

Draw and Motion will be released on 14th May
Pre-Championship Workshop to be held on Monday, 17th May at South Island School
$200 Reg
tournament cap 24
6 minute constructive speeches (100 marks) followed by 3 minute reply speech (50 marks)
Impromptu Speaking Contest – Auditorium

The top 6 speakers from the teams NOT in the semi-finals to contest an impromptu speech contest to take place while finalists prepare for the final. 3 minutes preparation, 3 minutes delivery.

RESULTS: WIDPSC 2010 – Team Hong Kong


The 2010 World Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championships have finished. Held in Lithuania this year, it has been a resounding success, especially for Team Hong Kong. Of the 52 spots in the finals (essentially a semi-final), Hong Kong snagged a record 7 spots in total, the best in Hong Kong’s 3 years of attendance.
Prakash Sanker and Paul Lau each grabbed 2 final spots last year totaling 4. That record was broken with this years astounding 7 final spots.

Debating : Heather Pickerell
Impromptu Speaking : Heather Pickerell, Benjamin So, Sachin Srivastava
Persuasive Speaking : Tiffany Chung
Interpretative Reading : Sachin Srivastava, Griffith Cheng

With the conclusion of WIDPSC 2010, the overall results have also come in. Team Hong Kong of Heather Pickerell, Sachin Srivastava, Benjamin So, Tiffany Chung, Griffith Cheng and Geoffrey (Biffo) Liew broke new ground in a highly competitive field.
Although Hong Kong was unlucky not to have any grand finalists, the record for 2010 was still shockingly impressive.

Here are the overall rankings for Team Hong Kong 2010:

  • 6th – Heather Pickerell – 725.58
  • 16th – Sachin Srivastava – Hong Kong – 719.60
  • 20th – Benjamin So – Hong Kong – 718.00
  • 24th – Tiffany Chung – Hong Kong – 715.83
  • 25th – Griffith Cheng – Hong Kong – 715.58
  • 44th – Geoffrey Liew – Hong Kong – 695.93

Congratulations to Team Hong Kong for a wonderful showing. Many of the team will remain in contention next year so the future looks bright for Hong Kong. As the founder of WIDPSC John Robinson said himself “Hong Kong is on the Map!”

Hong Kong

Results for Hong Kong following the 2 rounds of each category

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RESULTS: WSDC 2010 Final Results


WSDC 2010 Logo

Following the conclusion of World Schools Debating Championship 2010, the numbers are in, the results crunched and the final rankings decided. Here they are courtesy of the organizers at WSDC Charity.


R1: That we should support Military Intervention in Somalia
R2: That we should make physical education compulsory in schools
R3: That every Country should have the right to possess Nuclear Weapons
R4: That we should support quotas for women in high government positions
R5: That Doctors should report evidence of Martial Abuse to the police
R6: That developing nations should have the right to give priority to development ahead of the environment
R7: That Terrorist suspects should have the right to a Trial in Civilian courts
R8: That we should legalise performance enhancing drugs
OF: That we should have no law restricting freedom of speech
QF: That compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by past generations
SF: That the United States should withdraw from the Middle East
GF : That Governments should Never Bail out Big Companies


You can find the results for each individual round here.
See how the 16 teams progressed during the Knockout Stages.

Team Rankings

Hong Kong was ranked 16th overall, having made it to the octo-finals.
Hong Kong broke 16h with 5 wins, 16 judges, 6074.5 points




Hong Kong Individual Results (as stated in the top 100)

  • 39 – Heather Pickerell – 4 – 72.583
  • 40 – Ben Allen – 5 – 72.467
  • 45 – Paul Lau – 4 – 72.333
  • 50 – Annette Chau – 4 – 72.250
  • 60 – Prakash Sanker – 7 – 72.048

R1: Chile 0 – Hong Kong 3
R2: Hong Kong 1 – Wales 2
R3: Hong Kong 3 – Germany 0
R4: Bermuda 1 – Hong Kong 2
OF: Australia 5 – Hong Kong 0