Below are Hong Kong’s results from each round of the World Schools Debating Championships 2008. Hong Kong’s final record after the preliminary rounds was 5 wins, 3 loss, and 14 judges. Including the knock-out rounds, Hong Kong was 15th.

The team was :

  • Annette Chau (STC)
  • Justina Lee (Maryknoll Convent School)
  • Ben Kindler (GSIS)
  • Bryce Kam (GSIS)
  • Jubi Yan-Lin Li (LSC)

Team Hong Kong at WSDC 2008

Round 1
Motion: This house supports military intervention to deliver emergency aid in humanitarian crises
Proposition: Romania
Opposition: Hong Kong
Winner: Hong Kong, 3-0

Round 2
Motion: This house would ban strikes by those working in essential state services
Proposition: England
Opposition: Hong Kong
Winner: England, 2-1

Round 3
Motion: This house would ban the use of unethically obtained data in scientific research
Proposition: Swing Team
Opposition: Hong Kong
Winner: Hong Kong, 3-0

Round 4
Motion: This house believes that humanities courses should be part of every undergraduate programme
Proposition: Hong Kong
Opposition: Mexico
Winner: Mexico, 2-1

Round 5
Motion: This house would make the directors of multinational companies personally liable for environmental abuses committed by their companies in the developing world
Proposition: Hong Kong
Opposition: Singapore
Winner: Singapore, 3-0

Round 6
Motion: This house would cease the use of detention without trial in the war on terror
Proposition: Scotland
Opposition: Hong Kong
Winner: Hong Kong, 2-1

Round 7
Motion: This house believes that governments have a duty to bail out failing financial institutions
Proposition: Hong Kong
Opposition: Lithuania
Winner: Hong Kong, 2-1
Video: http://media.hometownannapolis.com/flash/080910debate.html

Round 8
Motion: This house would ban government funding of the arts
Proposition: Hong Kong
Opposition: Germany
Winner: Hong Kong, 2-1

Octo-Final
Motion: THBT heads of government should be required to have a parliamentary majority in order to govern
Proposition: Hong Kong
Opposition: South Africa
Winner: South Africa, 3-2

Individually, 2 of Hong Kong’s speakers ranked in the top 50:
22 – Bryce Kam – 6 – 73.25
38 – Benjamin Kindler – 7 – 72.6667

Team Hong Kong at WSDC 2008 - Cartoon

Annette's wonderful rendition of Team Hong Kong at WSDC 2008