Congratulations to University of Edinburgh student Riona Lesslar who secured a place in the 14th global Chinese Bridge language competition taking place in Beijing in July this year. Riona follows in a long line of Edinburgh students who have previously secured a place in the global final which is a national televised event with viewers voting for their favourite contestant. Apart from her oratorical skills in Chinese, Riona also performed a dance piece demonstrating a dance from the Xin Jiang minority ethnic group.
From the 30 candidates who took part in the UK final at the British Library, Riona was awarded 2nd prize and is one of four UK finalists who will spend up to two weeks in Beijing taking part in this language event. We wish her well in the global competition which since 2011 has has seen a clutch of prizes awarded to our Edinburgh students including three first prizes, one third prize, two public speaking prizes, one performance prize and two best tutor prizes.
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