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Our IMO team brings home Gold with Australia’s first perfect score and a first place individual ranking

Australia’s six-member secondary school student team excelled at the 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3 to 13 July. The star of the Australian team was 17-year-old Alexander Gunning, who was one of only three in the world to attain a perfect score, Australia’s first IMO perfect score and best individual ranking result. He shared first place with students from China and Taiwan. Alex is a returning medallist. In 2013 he won his first gold medal and was individually ranked 8th, while in his first attempt the previous year he won a bronze medal.

Competing against more than 500 contestants from 103 countries, which represent 90% of the world’s population, the 2014 Australian team brings home one gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Our team improved Australia’s ranking from 15th last year to 11th position overall with 156 points, just one mark outside the top ten.

This year six Asian countries were represented in the top 10, with China number one. Russia, Ukraine, Canada and the USA filled the other four places, just ahead of Australia. Australia’s highest ranking in its 34 years of participation was 9th in 1997.

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The Australian team members and their results are:

Name Year School Score Result
Alexander Gunning 11 Glen Waverley Secondary College, VIC 42 Gold
Praveen Wijerathna 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW 28 Silver
Damon Zhong 12 Shore School, NSW 26 Silver
Mel Shu 12 Melbourne Grammar School, VIC 23 Silver
Yang Song 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW 20 Bronze
Seyoon Ragavan 10 Knox Grammar School, NSW 17 Bronze

The cut-off scores for medals were Gold 29, Silver 22 and Bronze 16 marks. It was a very good result for Praveen Wijerathna, competing for the first time and missing out on a gold medal by just one point and young Seyoon Ragavan who won a medal on his first attempt.

Top, L–R: Mel Shu and Seyoon Ragavan at the 2014 IMO opening ceremony

Right: Alexander Gunning displays the Australian flag on stage during the 2014 IMO closing ceremony

Below, L–R: Seyoon Ragavan, Mel Shu, Deputy Director, Andrew Elvey Price, Damon Zhong, Yang Song, Praveen Wijerathna and Alexander Gunning representing Australia at the 2014 IMO

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2014 Mathematics and Informatics Olympiad Teams Announced

Twenty-three of Australia’s brightest student biologists, chemists, computer programmers, physicists and mathematicians have won the chance to bring home gold from the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science and Mathematical Olympiads in July. They will compete in the world’s toughest science and mathematics competitions against 2,000 of the smartest kids in the world.

The talented Year 10, 11 and 12 students received their Australian Team blazers at a teams announcement ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday 16 June, attended by media personality and The University of Sydney’s Mathematics and Science Ambassador, Adam Spencer, Dr Dennis Jensen MP representing the Minister for Education, parents, teachers, academics, Olympiad alumni and officials.

The students have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They succeeded against more than 25,000 other students in the qualifying exams, making a shortlist of 130 to attend intensive training schools. Training sessions took students through the equivalent of first year university level science, and for mathematics and informatics (computer programming), a level far above what they would experience at school.

Dr Angelo di Pasquale, International Mathematical Olympiad Team Leader, said, 'Training a young Olympian requires constant innovation because the bar at the Olympiads is always getting higher. Fortunately, almost all of our trainers are former Olympians. They understand that the mountain these students need to climb after team selection to go from national to international excellence can be daunting.'

The Olympiads programs are supported by the Australian Government Department of Education through the Mathematics and Science Participation Program and Monash University. BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities is a supporter of the Australian Science Olympiad Competition.

To view and order photos from the ceremony at Parliament House click here.

International Olympiad in Informatics

13 to 20 July, Taipei, Taiwan

Michel Chen, Oliver Fisher, Mr Greg Taylor AO, Mr Adam Spencer, Dr Dennis Jensen MP, Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Israq Huda, Ray Li and Mr Jarrah Lacko

Michael Chen Year 11 Scotch College VIC
Oliver Fisher Year 12 Normanhurst Boys High School NSW
Ishraq Huda Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Ray Li Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW

International Mathematical Olympiad

3 to 13 July, Cape Town, South Africa

Damon Zhong, Praveen Wijerathna, Yang Song, Mr Greg Taylor AO, Mr Adam Spencer, Dr Dennis Jensen MP, Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Mel Shu, Seyoon Ragavan, Alexander Gunning and Dr Angelo Di Pasquale

Alexander Gunning Year 11 Glen Waverley Secondary College VIC
Seyoon Ragavan Year 10 Knox Grammar School NSW
Mel Shu Year 12 Melbourne Grammar School VIC
Yang Song Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Praveen Wijerathna Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Damon Zhong Year 12 Shore School NSW