The South Island Regional Chinese Bridge Competition

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury [Time]    2014-04-03 14:39:39 

On Saturday 29 March, the annual Chinese Bridge Speech Competition South Island Regional Finals were held at Columba College’s Confucius Classroom in Dunedin. Guests present at the event included Dr Yanli Chu, Deputy Consul-General for China in Christchurch and the president of the New Zealand China Friendship Society’s (NZCFS) Dunedin Branch, Paul Fawcett. Columba College had put a lot of work into preparing for the competition.

There were two events on the Saturday. In the morning, the Otago Sub-Regional Finals were held, and in the afternoon the South Island Regional Finals were held. Successful candidates from the morning’s event went on to compete against students from the Canterbury region in the afternoon event. At least seven contestants from the Junior and Senior Secondary School categories will go on to compete in the National Finals, which will be held in Wellington in May. The winner (and only competitor) of the tertiary final was Emily Wilby. She will go on to compete in the world-wide finals in China. The winner of the Senior Secondary category was Christchurch Girl’s High School’s Da Yeon (June) Jung and the winner of the Junior Secondary category was Charlotte Walker from Lincoln High School.

Group photo of Chinese Bridge Competition winners in South Island and staffs in Confucius Institute

The award ceremony was presided over by Dr Adam Lam, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury. Miss Elizabeth Wilson, principal of Columba College gave the opening speech, welcoming competitors, their families and teachers to the event. As the awards were being given out NZCFS Dunedin Branch’s president Paul Fawcett gave an impromptu speech expressing respect and admiration for the level of Chinese language displayed in the competition. After the awards were given out, Dr Yanli Chu gave a speech which detailed the recent developments in the relationship between New Zealand and China, especially in regard to Dunedin’s sister city relationship with Shanghai. She urged the students to be like Rewi Alley, who promoted friendly relations between the two peoples, saying that this would truly build a Chinese Bridge.

By Dr Yan Zhou