Chengdu Pambassador Semi-Final 2012 – Edinburgh


From October 13th to October 16th 2012 Chengdu Pambassador European Semi-Final took place in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital to select the four finalists for the Global Final in Chengdu. The 24 European semi-finalists were judged during these 4 intense days to test their team and individual abilities. The contestants completed four tasks to gain their total score.
First task: in our first team challenge we had to work on a performance with local Brownies and design part of a China Experience around the giant pandas. Each team had 5 minutes to present the idea to the other teams and experts. We focused on how important is to get children closer to conservation topics through fun activities that make them aware of giant panda state. Brownies showed their enthusiasm, knowledge and love toward pandas and their will to win this task!
Second task: this was an individual task to test our knowledge around giant pandas, Chengdu Panda Base and Chengdu City.
Third task: this next team challenge consisted on a “treasure hunt” in the city center. We had to look for monuments and take pictures with the capital’s symbols to complete the task.
Fourth task: our physical abilities as a team were tested at the tree top adventure park “Go Ape” in Peebles Forest.
Fifth task: all the semi finalists had to make a 2 minutes interview to explain the reasons why they wanted to become the next panda ambassadors.
In the evening of October 16th the four finalists were announced at the Edinburgh Zoo’s Mansion House. I was honored to be selected as one of the four to represent Italy along with Jérôme Pouille from France, and Aimee Cheung and Julie Lines from UK.
It was wonderful to see the extreme motivation of all the contestants and their deep respect and devotion to giant panda conservation.

 

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