Monash students win first and second places in the 18th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition

On Sunday 19 May, Monash Arts students Oliver Woodman and Shahneezar Thevakumar respectively won first and second places of the 18th ‘Chinese Bridge’ Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students.

Both Oliver and Shahneezar are non-Chinese background students currently studying Chinese Advanced 1 with the Monash Chinese Studies Program.

The two students beat out competitors from around Victoria with fluent and engaging speeches in Mandarin and polished theatrical performances, with Oliver adopting the theatrical persona of a Melbourne weatherman and Shahneezar singing a well-known Chinese pop song.

Rounding out a comprehensive success, Oliver and Shahneezar’s coaches Hui Xu and Hailan Paulsen from Monash Chinese Studies won the Award of Coaching Excellence.

Oliver and Shahneezar will travel to Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province in China this July to participate in the 18th Chinese Bridge finals. In addition, Oliver has been offered a one-month training opportunity at the Melbourne branch of Bank of China.

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