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:
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.
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.