19 January 2022
On 20 December 2021 a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Chinese Bridge Competition was held by Centre for Language Education and Cooperation, Ministry of Education of China at Communication University of China in Beijing.
The Minister of Education of China Huai Jinpeng attended the celebration and delivered the opening speech.
Zhaoxia Pang, Senior Lector of the Department of East Asia Languages and Cultures at SOAS, was among the 20 people around the world who was chosen to receive “The Outstanding Contribution Award”. Zhaoxia’s contribution by coaching SOAS contestants to achieve consistently high standards in the competitions over the years is amazing:
|2011||Alexander Odahara (田原浩)||3rd prize UK；2nd prize China|
|2012||Rebecca Jane Miller||3rd prize UK|
|2013||Richard Van Der Geest (张月光)||2nd prize UK|
|2014||Arianna Guarnieri (朱秀兰)||3rd prize UK|
|2015||Bruno Ari Millan Narotzky(扬帆)||Grand prize UK|
|2016||Jackson Swinhoe (文杰)||Grand prize UK；2nd prize China|
|2017||Akshay Nugent (铁安山)||Best language performance UK (jointly with Wanli Gao)|
|2018||Sam Robbins (罗维)||First prize UK; Best creative award China|
|2019||Gregor Bauer (博智)||Grand prize UK|
|2020||Harris Rahman (杨明)||Grand prize UK|
Zhaoxia said that "I am absolutely thrilled to know this news and it is the best new year gift I have ever received. I am also extremely proud of the contestants from SOAS, who have striven to attain ever higher standards and achieve such excellent results in the UK competitions as well as in the final competitions in China."