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2016 Hanyu Qiao Competition

The 9th annual Hanyu Qiao competition was held on June 9-10 2016 at the University of Adelaide.

Hosted by the Confucius Institute with support from Hanban, the Chinese Embassy in Australia, the Hong Kong Australia Business Association (SA) and Finlaysons Lawyers, the event was exceptionally well-attended with a diverse crowd of over 250 school teachers, students, parents, and VIPs.

Opened by the new Pro Vice Chancellor (International) Nancy Cromer, speeches were also given by Lord Mayor Martin Haese, Mr Ma Linlan of the Chinese Embassy, Mr Mei Yun Cai, Deputy Consul General from the Chinese Consulate in Adelaide, Hon Jing Lee MLC, and Minister of Education Hon Susan Close MP.

Performances included dances from Mei’s Dance Studio and Sure Dance Studio, rock band Thither, a sing along with Ms Lily Chang, and an amazing Guzheng performance by renowned player Ms Yao Xu.

The Hanyu Qiao Chinese Proficiency Competition provides an opportunity for students learning Chinese to demonstrate their Chinese proficiency, have a fun and rewarding experience, meet other students interested in Chinese, and motivate them to continue pursuing their language studies.

The overall winners of the competition will travel to the international finals in China later this year.

2016 Winners

Overall Winner:
Chisomo Banzi
SA, St Peter’s College

Runner up:
Callum McGing
SA, Pedare Christian College

2nd Runner up:
Charlote Martin
WA, Methodist Ladies College

Winners for Outstanding Speech:

William McClay
NT, Darwin High School

Dion Choong
NT, Darwin High School

Winners for Cultural Performance:

Sophie Szabo 
SA, Pedare Christian College

Eliza Singleton
WA, Geraldton Grammar School

Winners for General Knowledge:

Selina Tran
SA, Maryatville High School

Charles Thorpe
ACT,  Canberra Grammar

A short highlights video courtesy of WEtv is viewable below

Pictures follow:

Prize Winners

Prize Winners

Mr Mei Yun Cai, Deputy Consul General from the Chinese Consulate in Adelaide

Mr Mei Yun Cai, Deputy Consul General from the Chinese Consulate in Adelaide

Confucius Institute Director Professor Mobo Gao

Confucius Institute Director Professor Mobo Gao

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese

A contestant gives a Chinese speech

A contestant gives a Chinese speech

Cultural performance

Cultural performance

University of Adelaide Pro Vice Chancellor International Nancy Cromar

University of Adelaide Pro Vice Chancellor International Nancy Cromar

Cultural Performance

Cultural Performance

Overall winner Chisomo Banzi

Overall winner Chisomo Banzi

Minister for Education, Hon Susan Close MP

Minister for Education, Hon Susan Close MP

Participants

Participants

Representing the Chinese Embassy, Mr Ma Linlan

Representing the Chinese Embassy, Mr Ma Linlan

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