This is part of the WSDC 2010 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2010 from Doha, Qatar as a debater, blogger and Hong Kong national team member.
Between the 8th and 18th of February, nearly 300 secondary students from 57 countries will converge on Doha, Qatar for the annual World School Debating Championship also known as WSDC.
Amongst the cut-throat competition will be five Hong Kong students with coach Mr. G Forse and team manager Mr. M Everhsed. Throughout those two weeks, the team of Ben Allen (La Salle College), Annette Chau (Sha Tin College), Paul Lau (South Island School), Heather Pickerell (German Swiss International School) and Prakash Sanker (South Island School), will travel from Hong Kong to Doha in order to enter into a battle of words with the best of the world. Our competition will include defending champions New Zealand, powerhouses Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan, Canada as well as other countries including Mainland China, Germany, South Korea, Singapore and many more.
Following a tough selection at the end of 2009, the team underwent intensive training under the guidance of former national debater Mr. G Forse. Over the last three months, the team met regularly for numerous practice debates, intensive research sessions and sleepless nights preparing for the toughest international debating competition of its kind.
After months of preparation, the team looks set and read to jump over the seas and engage in the tough competition. Whilst nothing is guaranteed, the team hopes to reach new heights for Hong Kong debating in what is sure to be a memorable experience.
Paul Lau (HK WSDC Team Member)