Next month, seven Hong Kong students will board a plane for Britain and this year's World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. The seven won through a one-day selection trial hosted by the Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society late last year. Three students from South Island School were among those chosen from the more than 80 entrants. The overall winner, Parkash Sanker, is in Year 12. 'I started debating in Year9 and find that it is a fun activity,' Parkash said. 'It is very challenging and requires quick responses. I am representing Hong Kong for the first time, and the experience is precious.' Nicolas Gordon, a Year 13 student from South Island School, was selected to take part in the competition for the second straight year. 'Last year was the first time Hong Kong sent a team. Considering that, our result was pretty good, and this year we are looking to do better. I know that in Canada, the United States and [Britain] there are a lot of experienced and highly skilled debaters, and the level of competition is extremely high. It is really an honour for me to represent Hong Kong, and the experience is sure to be valuable,' he said. Paul Lau Chun-man is in Year10, and is the youngest member of the team. The 14-year-old said debating had greatly improved his presentation skills and his ability to persuade others. Mary Garland, head of debating at the school, said: 'It would be wonderful if anyone from the Hong Kong team got a top 10 place. The competition is very intense and I have to admit that Hong Kong is still a little behind compared to the world class level. '