World Schools Debating Championship

The World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) is a truly global competition for high school debaters. The Championships take place each year in a different country, hosted by a national debating body. Hong Kong was amongst the few countries who participated in the first WSDC way back in 1988 in Australia. Since then, Them Hong Kong has regularly participated with wonderful results.

Team Hong Kong is represented by a squad of 5 selected through local trails. The best debaters of Hong Kong are coached and trained to represent us at the World Schools Debating Championship held annually.
In the past, we have had some brilliant results. In Seoul 2007, the team finished 3rd following the 8 rounds and made the quarter-finals, the highest progression ever. Hong Kong ranked a record high of 5th that year. It was also in this year that Chris Sykes made the highest individual ranking for Hong Kong coming in 6th. Hong Kong continued to break in good positions in both 2008 and 2010 although in both cases it faced tough octo-finals and went out.

Rules and Format

The World Schools Debating Championship uses a specific, official ‘World Schools Debating’ format. You can find official WSDC rules, notes for adjudicators and a definition guide at
Check out our WSDC Resources section for more information on the format, past motions, sample debates and other guides.

Upcoming Championships

Click on the championship year to see details on Team Hong Kong

WSDC 2011 August – Dundee, Scotland –
WSDC 2012 January – Cape Town, South Africa – Details yet to be disclosed

Past Championships

Click on the championship year to see Hong Kong’s progress. Links are also provided to the tournament sites.

Octofinals of WSDC 2010: Australia vs. Hong Kong