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Silver and Bronze Medals for Australian Team at IOI

Posted Sunday 30 September 2012

Australia's Informatics Olympiad team has won a Silver and two Bronze Medals at the 24th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), held in Lake Garda, Italy.

The Silver medallist is Joshua Lau, of James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW. Joshua was participating in this event for the first time.

The Bronze Medals were won by Michael Chen of Scotch College, Victoria (adding to his Bronze in 2011) and Daniel Goldbach, of Emanuel School, NSW.

The papers were more difficult than in 2011, nevertheless they did provide a very fair, yet challenging environment for the competitors.

For just the second time, one of the questions was proposed by an Australian. Question 6, entitled Jousting Tournaments, was proposed by Luke Harrison, a recent Bronze Medallist when competing for Australia in 2010. Luke, now a University student, is actively involved in the training of the Australian team. As a problem proposer, Luke was invited by the hosts to be present and advise on the question. In 2010 in Canada, one of the problems was proposed by Christopher Chen, former Gold medallist.

Team Leader was Jarrah Lacko, former dual Silver IOI Medallist, while Deputy Team Leader was Christopher Chen, former dual Gold IOI Medallist, both from the University of NSW.

At the Closing Ceremony the IOI flag was formally handed over to the Australian delegation. Australia will be hosting the 2013 IOI in Brisbane in July 2013.

[Australian Team]

The team after the Closing Ceremony from left Nick, Joshua, Daniel and Michael.

Individual score breakdowns of the Australian team were as follows:

    NAME YR Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6
Bronze Medal   CHEN Michael
Scotch College VIC
9 21 20 100 11 49
Bronze Medal   GOLDBACH Daniel
Emanuel School NSW
12 21 20 60 32 8 17
Silver Medal   LAU Joshua
James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
11 21 55 100 55 39 17
  LAVER Nicholas
Hunter Christian School NSW
11 28 100 11
  TOTALS 81 95 360 109 47 83

Cutoffs for Gold, Silver and Bronze were 364, 237 and 157 points, respectively.

The Olympiad program, like the ones in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, are held under the auspices of UNESCO and significant support is provided by the Australian Government through its Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

Australia's participation in the IOI is administered by the Australian Mathematics Trust, based at the University of Canberra. Trust Executive Director Professor Peter Taylor noted that performance in these Olympiads was just the a small part of a major program enriching the mathematics and informatics knowedge of hundreds of thousands of Australian students of all standards, who commence the program by writing the Australian Mathematics Competition and Australian Informatics Competition.

He said that these students participate in school based activities first under the supervision of teachers, and students can develop their knowledge in these disciplines in stages to a very high level beyond classroom experience, enhancing their later University study and later careers.

"Many of Australia's leading scientists under the age of about 40 are products of these programs and are serving their country in science in areas such as climate change and defence", he said.

Earlier ...

IOI team arrives in Milan

First posted Sunday 23 September 2012

Australia's Informatics Olympiad team has arrived in Italy to participate in this year's Iternational Olympiad in Informatics. They arrived in Milan on Saturday and on Sunday take a train to the site at Lake Garda. The Opening Ceremony will take place there on Monday.

[Australian Team]

The team is shown doing some last minute preparation in their Milan hotel, where they stayed overnight. From left are students Nicholas Laver, Joshua Lau, Daniel Goldbach and Michael Chen, while Team Leader Jarrah Lacko, Deputy Leader Christopher Chen and mentor Luke Harrison are also comparing notes.