WIDPSC 2012 Results

[UPDATE] For details on those who go to the Grand Finals and results of the Grand Finals, see this post.

The 2012 World Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championships recently concluded, once again hosted by the Moreton Bay Boys’ College in Brisbane, Australia, who also hosted WIDPSC 2011. Sadly, we don’t yet have a full list of the Grand Finalists nor the World Champions. Thankfully, Team Hong Kong and the crew back in Hong Kong have been extremely efficient and have already uploaded the results of the preliminary rounds as well as Team Hong Kong’s performance to the HKSDC website.

Here’s a run-down of the results with a few bits of analysis.


I don’t know who made it to the Grand Final of each category, but thankfully I do know the individual who won each event and the overall Best Speaker award. They are:

World Champion: Ryan Pistorius (Canada)
Debating World Champion: Connor Campbell (Canada)
Interperative Reading World Champion: Lucien Wang (Hong Kong)
Persuasive Speaking World Champion: Natasha Dusabe (South Africa)
After-Dinner Speaking World Champion: Neil Kemister (Australia)
Impromptu Speaking World Champion: Priyanka Sekhar (USA)

Team Hong Kong

As a whole, Team HK saw 6 team members make a record 7 different finals. In addition, there were two Grand Finalists (Esther Mak for Persuasive Speaking, Lucien Wang for Interpreative Reading) and Lucien Wang also became the World Champion for Interperative Reading. In comparison, WIDPSC 2011 saw 3 team members make 6 finals and 3 Grand Finalists.

9. Lucien Wang (King George V)
12. Esther Mak (St. Paul’s Co-ed College)
13. Ryan Tang (St. Paul’s Co-ed College)
15. Brian Wong (Island School)
22. Justin Lee (Shatin College)
28. Claudia Tam (West Island School)
37. Eunice Leung (Maryknoll Convent School)
48. Sarah Ku (Heep Yunn School)

10. Eunice Mak [Finalist]
13. Ryan Tang
14. Brian Wong
18. Lucien Wang
32. Justin Lee

Persuasive Speaking
1. Esther Mak [Finalist] [Grand Finalist]
11. Ryan Tang [Finalist]
13. Justin Lee [Finalist]
15. Brian Wong
17. Lucien Wang
26. Sarah Ku
29. Claudia Tam
30. Eunice Leung

Impromptu Speech
7. Justin Lee [Finalist]
13. Ryan Tang
13. Lucien Wang
17. Esther Mak
18. Claudia Tam
29. Brian Wong
38. Eunice Leung
39. Sarah Ku

Interperative Reading
4. Claudia Tam [Finalist]
6. Lucien Wang [Finalist] [Grand Finalist] [World Champion]
15. Esther Mak
31. Brian Wong
46. Ryan Tang
47. Sarah Ku

Best Speakers

Thankfully this is readily available since it depends on preliminary results and not the results of the Grand Finals. Some interesting observations, Canada continue to dominate the table. Of the top 20, they have 11, including 4 of the top 5 positions, and the Best Speaker award which goes to a Canadian for a third year in a row. Hong Kong are being to show consistency at the top with 4 in the top twenty. Both the USA and South Africa have 2 speakers in the top 20 with Lithuania round off the top 20.

  1. Ryan Pistorius (Canada)
  2. Anisha Mahomed (Canada)
  3. Natasha Dusabe (South Africa)
  4. Ali Poonja (Canada)
  5. Ariel Melamedoff (Canada)
  6. Nandini Thogarapalli (Canada)
  7. Priyanka Sekhar (USA)
  8. Connor Campbell (Canada)
  9. Lucien Wang (Hong Kong)
  10. Dan Ton-That (Canada)
  11. Ryan Sherbo (Canada)
  12. Esther Mak (Hong Kong)
  13. Ryan Tang (Hong Kong)
  14. Robert Sniderman (Canada)
  15. Brian Wong (Hong Kong)
  16. Ella Thomson (Canada)
  17. Povilas Rutauskas (Lithuania)
  18. Matthew Lloyd-Thomas (USA)
  19. Ryan Prithraj (South Africa)
  20. Julia Qin (Canada)


I have absolutely no clue how many individuals were involved in each Final and as a result have little analysis to offer. However, I do gather that Ryan Pistorius (Canada), Anisha Mahomed (Canada) and Priyanka Sekhar (USA) were the only 3 who were in all 4 finals. This is higher than WIDPSC 2011 which saw only 1 individual sucessfully make all 4 finals. However it does fit the trend that the World Champion emerges from one of these 3. Interestingly, the individual who made 4 finals last year failed to win overall World Champion which suggests this is a useful metric but by no means and absolute indicator.

The biggest of thanks to Mr. Evershed and Justin Lee who provided the information behind this post.


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