After this debating tournament, our year of debating has come to the end. Yet, it has just been a tip of an iceberg to all of our dreams of encountering this wonderful piece of art.
Debating may be slightly tough and requires a lot of hard work. Take this tournament, for instance, debaters had to prepare for four sets of scripts. However, with our diligent debating coach Mr. Tam’s infinite assistance during our training, we managed to deal with our scripts and arguments. At the end of the day, no matter whether we gained victory or not, we found out that our hard work has evidently paid off.
Through this tournament (and in fact, this whole debating experience), I have changed a lot in comparison. At first, I was definitely not the kind of person who had bold and strong arguments in mind, But now, I have learnt the skills to attack the opponents and defend our own arguments at the same time which will be beneficial for my whole life. Moreover, I was only able to do verse speaking, but now I have leapt a bigger step in public speaking, which is quite a pleasant thing.
We have done a lot in a year of debating lessons, and this has been as if a dawn from a long dream. I will never leave this wonderful dream which I have experienced and which I have been sharing with by my coach and teammates. I would like to show my gratitude to the school for providing me with such a wonderful time.
Therefore, from the bottom of my heart, we must all continue this wonderful dream. Thank you very much!
This is exactly how I, Oscar Chan, wishes to end the fruitful years in my primary life in Ying Wa. Although we did not get the championship in this competition this time and there would be disappointment, I’m sure I’ll have many more opportunities to have a try in debating with others in the rest of my school life. Moreover, as Mrs. Lam always says, winning is not everything, but at least we tried our best, and that’s enough for me.
Winning this particular competition was actually my first intention before the match, as I didn’t want to look bad compared to the wonderful performance in the same competition last year from the previous teammates, and also not wanting to let Mr. Tam, our team coach down. But as the competition went on, I realized that as long I enjoyed the whole process of the match, it’s enough. And I did. That’s already a huge step for me and also a brand new opportunity.
As I’ve mentioned, I think it’s also really important to learn how to lose. How to accept failure. What’s life without a few of them? You can never be perfect anyway, so if you have already done your best, that’s it! You did what you can! Furthermore, you’ve got to have sportsmanship in every activity. There must be a reason why you lost in a competition, why someone was better than you. It’s even better if you lose. You can learn from your mistakes and improve afterwards, while winning can’t.
So that’s what I’ve learnt after the Debating Tournament. Thanks for reading!
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the seven teammates for all of your effort devoted on debating and all of you have proved yourselves to be incredible debaters and confident speakers. You have all come a long way and your improvement is impressive.
What touches me most is the teamwork among us. I will never forget the day when all of your decorated the classroom using the cuecards which you have used in the competition and prepared the sweetest surprise for me. I was pleasantly shocked and emotional when I saw the words on the board and that was one of the personal highlights of my teaching life. Thank you once again and good luck to you all! Utilize the skills and knowledge that you have learnt in the future and continue to thrive!