Hong Kong Teams News

WIDPSC 2021 Team Members

Dear Hong Kong debate and speech community,

We are pleased to announce that the Trials for WIDPSC Hong Kong team has been completed on 23 January 2021. Students from schools across Hong Kong competed in four categories over three weeks, culminating in the live rounds of debate and impromptu speaking held this past Saturday. We would like to take a moment to commend the contestants on their hard work towards their recorded speeches and readings, enthralling judges with passionate decryings of global issues and heartfelt renditions of timeless stories.

After tabulating nearly 400 ballots from our dedicated judges, the Top Speakers of Hong Kong are:

1. Jason Wong – Diocesan Boys’ School – 1113 points
2. Hope Tan – Hong Kong International School – 1091 points
3. Yui Kurosawa – Hong Kong International School – 1067 points
4. Ellington Chen – Hong Kong International School – 1066 points
5. Hiroko Kawase – Hong Kong International School – 1056 points
6. Nicholas Chung – Diocesan Boys’ School – 1051 points
7. Chloe Lam – Renaissance College – 1044 points
8. Grace Zheng – Island School – 1036 points
9. Hilary Lau – Diocesan Girls’ School – 1034 points
10. Charlie Lam – Island School – 1025 points
10. Maki Flauta – Renaissance College – 1025 points

These speakers will be representing Hong Kong at this year’s World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships, to be held by South Korea in April 2021. We sincerely thank all the judges for their time and insightful comments they have provided to the students; we look forward to working with the Team to continue the legacy of Hong Kong at Worlds.

Best regards,
Joan Cho and My Thanh Mac
Coaches of WIDPSC Hong Kong Team

Hong Kong Teams

WIDPSC 2021 Team Trials

Dear members of the Hong Kong public speaking community,

Thank you for joining us at the Junior Individual Public Speaking Championship that was held this past November. After the success of this event, we are now looking forward to our annual trials for the 2021 rendition of Hong Kong WIDPSC team. Before we move to give you more details, we have a few housekeeping announcements.

Since 2013, the Hong Kong WIDPSC team has been privileged to have Mr Steven Lee as the head coach. He has played a most integral part in nurturing a generation of formidable public speakers, competing on the highest level at the World Championships. Under his tutelage, speakers have broken into and won at Grand Finals, speaking eloquently about world issues and dazzling the audience. Starting from this year, Steven has decided that he will no longer be with the team, but his contributions to the development of this team is indelible and we wish to thank him once again for his endlessly selfless dedication to the team in the past years.

The current coaching team, comprised of Ms. Joan Cho, Ms My Thanh Mac and Ms Jessica Wong, will continue to coach the Hong Kong WIDPSC team for the foreseeable future. The team will be under the umbrella of the HKDSC. As such, we are moving our correspondence to this address (, to facilitate the beginning of a new page. We are compiling a new mailing list of schools who are interested in public speaking, so please feel free to forward this mail to people that you feel may be interested.

On January 23 2021, we seek to write the next chapter in the illustrious history of our WIDPSC team. An open selection trial for the 2021 WIDPSC team will take place via Zoom. 

For all the information about the selection trial, WIDPSC speaking categories and more, please refer to the handy pdf leaflet attached:

The registration link is below, please note the deadline to register is January 3: 

We look forward to seeing competitors signing up; we are ready to take the best of Hong Kong speaking to the world!


My Thanh and Joan