Language and Culture on show at the 2019 Chinese Bridge Competition

21 May 2019

The Queensland Preliminary round of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for International University Students was held at The University of Queensland on May 18, offering a platform for talented Queensland students to showcase their skills in Mandarin and Chinese Culture.

This year signifies the 18th edition of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition, a large-scale international contest sponsored by the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). As a truly global competition, preliminary rounds are held around the world with winners going on to compete in the International final in China.

The 2019 Queensland Preliminary Competition, hosted jointly by the Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland and the Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University, again highlighted the interest in Mandarin learning and Chinese culture understanding through a strong field of participants.

Themed One World, One Family, participants competed across the basic and advanced levels within the University divisions, as well as a non-university division for those currently not enrolled at university and over the age of 18.

Participants had the opportunity to show their understanding of Mandarin and Chinese culture across three disciplines; speech (presentation in Mandarin), cultural performance, and a written exam. The 2019 Queensland preliminaries saw participants from UQ, Griffith University and QUT attend, as well as non-university division participants, totalling 24 speech and 19 performance entries (across all divisions).

Judges and university representatives from the 3 universities contributed significantly to the event, complemented by the support of major Sponsor China Southern Airlines who generously donated a major lucky draw prize of one return ticket to China.

The Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland and the Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University are most appreciative of sponsor China Southern Airlines, event judges, special guests attending the awards ceremony, staff and volunteers as well as all participants and their supporters in making the 2019 Chinese Bridge Queensland preliminary round a great success.

The UQ and Griffith Confucius Institutes offer congratulations to the winners of the Chinese Bridge 2019 Queensland Preliminaries:

University Division – Basic


  • Marco Madamba (1)
  • Tahlia Smith (2)
  • Sai Wai Yan (T3)
  • Gabriela Matouskova (T3)

Cultural Performance

  • Haejin Park (1)
  • Gabriela Matouskova (2)
  • Emma Sellars (3)

Non-University Division


  • Joshua Searle
  • Utako Ito

University Division – Advanced


  • Jacob Connors (1)
  • Duc Anh (Albert) Bui (2)
  • Jack Stubbs (3)


  • Sophie Seccombe (1)
  • Tyler Parker (T2)
  • Jack Stubbs (T2)
  • Catherine Nicholls (T3)
  • Duc Anh (Albert) Bui (T3)

Cultural Performance

  • Tyler Parker (T1)
  • Catherine Nicholls (T1)
  • Silvan Rus (2)
  • Hong Chau Tran (3)

Overall Winners

  • Tyler Parker - 2019 Champion
  • Jack Stubbs - 1st Runner-Up
  • Duc Anh (Albert) Bui - 2nd Runner-Up