A High School Student from CIUC Wins First Prize in the National New Zealand “Chinese Bridge “Speech Competition

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the Unversity of Canterbury [Time]    2017-07-07 17:39:55 

The competition, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand, was organised by the Confucius Institute at the University of Victoria. Thirty contestants from around New Zealand made it into the final. Ten competitors were chosen by the Confucius institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC), and they represented the South Island in the competition.

The competitors demonstrated passion towards learning Chinese. Their speeches were fluent and included stories about Chinese friends and China. They impressed the judges and the audience.

Students from the CIUC achieved highly in the competition. Taylin Smith from Lincoln High School was awarded first prize and also the best talent prize (senior category), Cameron Page from Rangiora High School was awarded fifth place (senior category). Terina Yee, the Chinese teacher at Lincoln High School, was awarded ‘Best Coach.’ Taylin Smith and Cameron Page will represent New Zealand by participating in the International “Chinese Bridge” Speech Competition, which will be held in Kunming (China) in October.

Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Lutong ,Taylin Smith first place in Chinese Bridge competition senior category(middle),Tony Browne, former New Zealand Ambassador to China

all the contestants taking a group photo together

Wang Lutong, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand attended the prize-giving ceremony. Ambassador Wang highly commended the performance of the competitors. He noted that these achievements of the students are due in part to the three Confucius Institutes’ promoting Chinese language and Chinese culture. He encouraged the New Zealand students to learn about China and Chinese culture through their study of the language and to become bridge builders between China and New Zealand.

Manuscript :Jinghan YU


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