Our Student Makes Top 15

UNSW student Amy Lyons made it to the top 15 of the 14th Chinese Bridge Competition

UNSW student Amy Lyons made it to the top 15 of the 14th Chinese Bridge Competition, competing against a total of 30 students from 5 regions around the world (America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania) in the quarter-finals held in Changsha city.

From the time Amy won the preliminary competition, which had thousands of students compete globally, she participated in a long series of activities with the national champions of 97 countries who also travelled to China in a bid to take home first prize.

Amy, having studied Chinese for only 2-3 years, was up against students who had been studying Chinese for more than 10 years and lived in China. The strong foundation she received in studying Chinese for 2 years at UNSW Australia, her year abroad at Fudan University in China and the coaching she received at Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia all accumulated to make Amy more than a match for those who had been studying for over a decade.


Embarking on a team competition

After arriving in China and meeting the other national champions, Amy travelled all over the country with them competing in a variety of reality-TV-style competitions, teaming up with other Chinese language learners from all over the world to work together in reaching the next round. She competed in competitions that tested not just her knowledge of Chinese, but also her practical and artistic skills in Beijing, Changsha (Hunan Province) and Quanzhou (Fujian Province).

Amy has now triumphantly arrived back in Sydney, proudly representing Australia as the national champion. Making it to the top 15 of this global competition is an incredible feat, and we encourage all of our students to consider participating. As Amy said, the experience dramatically improved her Chinese, allowed her to make friends from every region of the world, and is something she will never forget.

Please click here for a video clip of one of Amy’s speeches.

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