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SOAS students take top two awards in major Chinese competition

27 March 2012
11th Chinese Bridge Competition

Two SOAS students have taken the top two prizes in the 11th Chinese Bridge Competition UK final. This result continues the long history of success SOAS has in the esteemed language and culture proficiency competition.

All three entrants from the SOAS Chinese Department made the finals. Owen Churchill, a third-year student received the grand prize and Maximilian Sleigh-Parrott, a fourth-year student was awarded first prize. They will now go to China in the summer to represent all UK universities in international Chinese competitions. Rebecca Miller, a third-year student who also made the finals, received the prize of the best talent show.

Ms. Wanli Gao, Ms. Lik Sue and Ms. Zhaoxia Pang, who coached the students, said they were thrilled that their hard work had paid off with a fantastic result. Ms. Zhaoxia Pang said: “Their achievement is proof of how far you can come in language learning with diligence and persistence. It also demonstrates that the SOAS Chinese department is the place for those who want to aim high in Chinese language learning, thanks to a small but strongly dedicated Chinese language teaching team.

“We all wish Owen and Max the very best of luck in the international competitions in China this summer.”

Each year, more than 6,000 contestants from around the world enter the Chinese Bridge competition. Twenty-eight students from 15 universities attended the final which was held at the British Museum. During the early round held in the morning, competitors were asked to deliver a speech in Chinese, answer questions about Chinese culture and demonstrate a talent associated with China, such as storytelling, calligraphy, martial arts, singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument. From the early rounds, 10 contestants were selected to attend the final in the evening.

His Excellency Chinese Ambassador Xiaoming Liu and his wife attended the final, along with SOAS Director Professor Paul Webley who supported the SOAS students in the final.

Read more about SOAS’ Chinese Bridge Competition success:

SOAS Makes Chinese Bridge Competition Finals for 10th Straight Year, March 2011
Undergrad Wins Major Chinese Competition, August 2010