Australians Narrowly Fail to Win Medals in Athens IOI
Two Australians, Patrick Coleman, of St Peter's College, Adelaide, and Christopher
Butner, of Anglican Church Grammar Schol, Brisbane, have narrowly missed Bronze Medals
at the International Olympiad in Informatics, held in Athens during September.
Coleman and Butner scored 260 and 255 respectively out of a possible 600, with the cut-off
being 265. Scores are in multiples of five. Coleman had won a Bronze Medal in 2003, when this
event was held in Wisconsin, USA.
The other members of the team were Giancarlo Salamanca, of Wesley College Melbourne and
Ramana Kumar of Canberra Grammar School. Salamanca had won a Bronze Medal in this event in 2003.
Results of the Australian students are (max for each question equals 100):
(A blank return means no submission of program.)
Team Leader was Dr Ben Burton, of RMIT University, Melbourne, while Deputy Leader was
Bernard Blackham, of the University of Western Australia.
Professor Peter Taylor, Executive Director of the Australian Mathematics Trust, which
administers Australia's involvement in the IOI, acknowledged the support of the Australian
Government, through its Department of Education, Science and Training. This had taken place
through the Department's Quality Outcomes Program, which supports school-based activitiy for
enriching the school curriculum. Australia's participation was also supported by the Australian
"These projects provide resources to enable all Australian students to benefit and enhance
their future University study", Professor Taylor said.
Professor Taylor noted that students had been selected as part of a national program available
to all secondary schools, with successful students trained by a dedicated group of volunteers,
mainly Olympians from former years.
"This year, for the first time, over 80 countries participated and it is clear that this event
is increasingly becoming more difficult as countries showcase their young talent in computer
programming. It is disappointing that this year the team earned no medals. However there were
some encouraging signs, such as the consistent performance of Patrick Coleman and the performance
of Christpher Butner on the second day", he said.
"As good as the quality of our training is, though, our performance can only be consistently
enhanced by accessing further resources, and we are working towards this".