Our IMO Olympians

The Australian team to compete at the 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 4-16 July, was announced at a function at Parliament House in Canberra on June 15. The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, made the announcement and also announced the teams to compete at the science Olympiads. The Master of Ceremonies was Adam Spencer and he brought to the event his characteristic humour and warmth. The guest speaker was Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA, Australia’s most decorated female mathematician.

The Australian IMO team:

Alexander Gunning
Glen Waverley Secondary College, VIC
Alex has been interested in mathematics as long as he can remember; as a child, he was fascinated by numerical patterns. He plans to continue studying and pursuing a career in mathematics but is unsure whether this will be in pure or applied mathematics. Alex has competed at three previous Olympiads and in 2014 obtained a perfect score and shared first place. Alex enjoys playing the trumpet, the piano and chess.

Ilia Kucherov
Westall Secondary College, VIC
Originally from Russia, Ilia has been participating in maths olympiads since year 3 and enjoys winning maths competitions. His other interests include watching good films, playing online games, riding a bicycle and eating tasty meals.

Seyoon Ragavan
Knox Grammar School, NSW
Seyoon developed an early interest in mathematics, and now enjoys the surprising inter-connectedness of all the results and problems. Seyoon likes to sing and play the drums. He listens to a wide range of music, enjoys socialising and watching movies.

Yang Song
James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW
Yang has been interested in mathematics for as long as he can remember. Yang enjoys playing the saxophone, violin and clarinet.

Kevin Xian
James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW
Kevin’s interest in mathematics was sparked when he saw a section in the school yearbook for people going overseas for maths; he decided that he wanted to be in the yearbook for this achievement. He also enjoys sitting back watching TV and playing basketball.

Jeremy Yip
Trinity Grammar School, VIC
Jeremy enjoys maths problems and finds the solutions quite elegant. In the future, Jeremy plans to study both mathematics and medicine. Jeremy’s other main interests include piano, card games and badminton.

Results of the team can be found here.

Former IMO Olympians can be found here.