WSDC 2010 – Team Hong Kong Brief

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.

People :

Ben Allen (La Salle College)
Annette Chau (Sha Tin College)
Paul Lau (South Island School)
Heather Pickerell (German Swiss International School)
Prakash Sanker (South Island School)

Gerg Forse (Coach)
M. Evershed (Manager)

Brief :

After a difficult selection trial, a team of five students composed of Heather Pickerell, Paul Lau, Prakash Sanker, Ben Allen and Annette Chau came together to form a strange collection of individuals. From swimmers to runners, soloist singers and aspiring dancers, the Hong Kong team is full of diverse, strange and weird people. In actual fact, the ‘Hong Kong National’ team is composed of individuals from America, Canada, India, England and Australia… oh, did we mention we come from China? There’s the gaffe prone, hamburger eating champion in Heather and the runner, dancer and unstoppable Prakash. Then there’s Ben who represents Hong Kong in both debating and swimming having stolen the tallest of the crowd award. Starting together at the bottom, we have veteran Annette who returns to World’s action after a year’s break – she rarely loses her way in speeches, but does so on a regular basis in daily life! Paul on the other hand is just the opposite, seeming to know way too much about everything and everyone after tapping away on his computer. Then there is the manager Mr. Evershed, the “happy” debater who is joined by Greg Forse, a double agent juggling a double life.

Draw :

R1: Somalia – Opp – Chile
R2: Impromptu – Prop – Wales
R3: Nuclear – Prop – Germany
R4: Impromptu – Opp – Bermuda
R5: Marital Abuse – Prop – Bulgaria
R6: Impromptu – Opp – Singapore
R7: Terrorist – Opp – Mongolia
R8: Impromptu – Prop – Slovenia

Photos :

Hong Kong Delegation

Hong Kong Delegation (Left to Right) : M Eershed (Manager), Heather Pickerell, Paul Lau, Prakash Sanker, Annette Chau, Ben Allen, Gerg Forse (Coach)

Hong Kong Debaters

Hong Kong Debaters (Left to Right) : Heather Pickerell (GSIS), Paul Lau (SIS) , Prakash Sanker (SIS), Annette Chau (STC), Ben Allen (LSC)



  1. The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a great opportunity for the Hong Kong visitor to visit the island.

  2. Hong Kong is an eclectic mix of Chinese and British influences mixed with a massive amount of adrenaline.

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