Years of Mandarin language study will soon be rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip to China for the talented winner of this year’s regional Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) language competition.
Four young Perth linguists who achieved top scores in the WA final on May 20th are now preparing to take on contestants from Canberra, Darwin and Adelaide for a chance to represent Australia in the global championships being held in China this October.
The Australian Regional Final will be held on June 15th and 16th at the Confucius Institute with senior representatives of the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Consulate General in Perth attending.
The competition aims to help young Australians become a cultural bridge between Australia and China. It is the largest international Chinese language contest in the world and is open to students aged 15 years and over who do not speak Chinese as a first language.
The WA finals winner, Kylee Kotula, 15, of Methodist Ladies’ College, has spent almost half her life studying Chinese. She impressed judges not only with her command of Mandarin, but also with her musical prowess playing the guzheng, an ancient stringed instrument also known as the Chinese zither.
Another three contestants also made it through to the regional final: Ben Butler, 15, of Guildford Grammar School; Caitlin Wilson, 16, of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls; and Sophie Taylor, 15, of Mercedes College.