Visual Arts student Rainbow Kwok wins the second prize at the semi-final of the “21st Century Coca-Cola Cup” National English Speaking Competition in China.


視覺藝術院郭雯慧同學在「21世紀可口可樂杯」全國英語演講比賽大學組全國半決賽中取得二等獎。

Date: 13 Apr 2017 (Thursday)

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Visual Arts student wins second prize at national English speaking competition

視覺藝術生英語演講比賽奪二等獎

Rainbow Kwok (Visual Arts, Year 4) won the second prize at the semi-final of the 22nd China Daily “21st Century Coca-Cola Cup” National English Speaking Competition held in Nanjing, China. She competed with contestants from over 60 universities in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. After a prepared speech, an impromptu speech, followed by question and answer sessions, she went on to win the prize.

Rainbow said it was a great honour for her to represent HKBU in the competition during her final year of study. She said: “I was nervous but excited about meeting and competing with so many elite students from top universities in Mainland China. The experience has broadened my horizons, and enabled me to learn from others and make new friends.”

This was the first time she participated in a public speaking contest. She said she believes that the people skills she gained in manning booth counters during the various international art fairs helped her manage nervousness in public speaking. As most of the contestants are English majors, Rainbow was grateful to be a contestant with a major in Visual Arts.

She recalled the experience, saying: “Being up on the big stage standing under the spotlight and facing around 200 people in the audience was not easy. The night before the contest, I felt nervous but then I told myself that I have nothing to lose. I had come all the way to the semi-final stage, representing my university, competing with the best students in China. In a sense, I had already won through what I have learnt and experienced.”

視覺藝術院四年級郭雯慧同學在第22屆中國日報社「21世紀可口可樂杯」全國英語演講比賽大學組全國半決賽中取得二等獎。比賽在南京舉行,參賽大學生來自香港、澳門和內地超過60間大學。雯慧在自備演講、即席演講及問答環節均表現出色,最終獲得二等獎。

雯慧表示能夠在畢業前代表浸大參賽感到榮幸。她說:「比賽讓我認識內地頂尖大學的同學和互相切磋,我感到既緊張又興奮。是次經驗令我擴闊視野,亦能向他人學習和結交新朋友。」

這是雯慧首次參加公開演講比賽。她相信以往在多個國際藝術展管理展位時多與人接觸的經驗,有助她克服在公開演說時的緊張心情。雯慧說大部分參賽者均為英文專修,她對自己專修視覺藝術而取得好成績感到份外高興。

雯慧說﹕「在台上的鎂光燈下面對200多個觀眾並不容易。比賽前一晚我十分緊張,但告訴自己,我已來到半決賽的台前,代表大學與內地最優秀的學生比賽,我已贏得所見所聞,得失並不重要。」