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MEDIA RELEASE – New Award for Top Achieving Girls in Mathematics


The top-performing girls in this year’s Australian Mathematics Competition will be awarded the newly created Cheryl Praeger Medal during upcoming awards presentations around the country.

The medal is named in honour of prominent Australian mathematician Cheryl Praeger. Cheryl is a foundation member of the Australian Mathematics Trust’s Board and has been Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee since 2001. She is an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science. More details about Cheryl’s achievements and research can be found on her UWA profile.

The Australian Mathematics Trust is focusing on ways in which it can recognise and develop girls’ participation in mathematics and algorithmics.

Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford, said, ‘The Cheryl Praeger medal is one initiative we are putting in place to recognise girls who have demonstrated good potential in problem solving and mathematics. With Cheryl’s outstanding academic profile and achievements, international reputation and enduring contribution to the activities of the Trust, particularly in support of our mathematics Olympians, we could not have had a better role model for young aspiring female mathematicians’.

Hundreds of thousands of students from schools in more than 30 countries entered the AMC this year. Students completed 30 questions, set in situations that show the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives, with an emphasis on problem-solving.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania, will present medals to students from across Australia at a ceremony at Government House in Hobart on Monday 13 November 2017. Overseas medallists will be presented with their medals at ceremonies in their respective countries.

The 2017 AMC Medals are awarded to:

1) all students achieving a perfect score
2) the top 3 students in each year (international or domestic)
3) the top Australian student in each year
4) the top performing Australian female student in each year
5) the top performing student in each Australian state and territory


Kate O’Sullivan
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
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Australian Olympians ready to take on the world in mathematics and informatics

IMO and IOI teams

Ten of Australia’s best students have made the teams to represent Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad and International Olympiad in Informatics, taking place in July and August.

James Bang (Year 10, Baulkham Hills High School), Matthew Cheah (Year 12, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School), Linus Cooper (Year 11, James Ruse Agricultural High School), William Hu (Year 11, Christ Church Grammar School), Hadyn Tang (Year 8, Trinity Grammar School) and Guowen Zhang (Year 11, St Joseph’s College) were named as the members of the 2017 team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, and will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 12th to the 23rd of July. Richard Gong (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Charles Jameson (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Jerry Mao (Year 11, Caulfield Grammar School) and Angus Ritossa (Year 10, St Peter’s College) make up the team heading to the International Olympiad in Informatics and will be heading to Tehran, Iran, from the 28th of July to the 4th of August.

The Olympians received their Australian team blazers before the Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, at an official team announcement ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday 19 June.

This year’s youngest Olympian, Hadyn Tang said: ‘I am looking forward to being able to challenge myself at the IMO [International Mathematics Olympiad], and to have the opportunity to explore more areas of mathematics and meet other mathematical peers.’

These students have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They came from a pool of more than 25,000 students through extension programs and qualifying exams.  After making a shortlist of 150, they attended intensive training schools for ultimate selection to the teams.

The Olympiad programs are funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.

International Olympiad in Informatics 

28 July – 4 August, Tehran, Iran         

Richard Gong Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Charles Jameson Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Jerry Mao Year 11 Caulfield Grammar School VIC
Angus Ritossa Year 10 St Peter’s College SA
International Mathematical Olympiad 

12–23 July, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

James Bang Year 10 Baulkham Hills High School NSW
Matthew Cheah Year 12 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC
Linus Cooper Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
William Hu Year 11 Christ Church Grammar School WA
Hadyn Tang Year 8 Trinity Grammar School VIC
Guowen Zhang Year 11 St Joseph’s College QLD
Hooray for our AMC medallists!

Hooray for our AMC medallists!

Medals for the 2015 AMC were presented in Perth last week at Government House. There were 31 Australian medallists, 13 of whom achieved a perfect score. They are pictured with the Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO.

2015 AMC medallists

AMC Medals were presented in ceremonies across South-East Asia recently by AMT’s Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper. Medals were presented in New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Singapore medallists are pictured below:

Singapore Medallists

Link to Medallist list page




Olympiad teams announced

Olympiad teams announced

The 2015 Australian teams to compete at the International Mathematical Olympiad and the International Olympiad in Informatics were announced by the Hon Christopher Pyne, MP, Minister for Education and Training. The ceremony took place at Parliament House in Canberra on June 15 and Adam Spencer, media personality and Ambassador of Mathematics and Science, The University of Sydney, was the master of ceremonies.

Adam Spencer, who brought to the event his characteristic humour and warmth, acknowledged the hours of hard work put in by each of the students prior to team selection. Being chosen for a team is not simply dependent on sitting for an exam. It depends on hours of practice, commitment to mentorship, focus throughout the selection schools, and the ability to blend with the other team members. Adam encouraged them in the pursuit of excellence in their field.

Minister Pyne congratulated each team member as they were introduced. He commented on his government’s ethos to support the Olympiad team members and to support the science subjects as a whole. He made two points in particular with regard to primary schools: to declutter the primary school curriculum and focus on mathematics and science; and, by 2017, for primary school teachers to graduate with some specialist training in mathematics, science or a language. He congratulated all the team members and wished them every success. The six teams introduced by the Minister were Informatics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and, for the first time, Earth Science.

A special address was given by Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA of the University of Western Australia. Prof Praeger is Australia’s most decorated female mathematician and her specialist area is Networks and the study of Symmetry. Prof Praeger encouraged the team members to work hard and to be aware of ‘how good’ the opportunity is before them, not just the upcoming Olympiad but also the opportunities that will open to them throughout their careers, just as they have opened for her.

Both Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Executive Director, Australian Mathematics Trust and Dr Gunilla Burrowes, Chair, Australian Science Innovations, acknowledged the team leaders and parents who put in many hours to support the team members through the selection process. Adj Prof Clapper acknowledged the perfect scores of Alex Gunning and Ishraq Huda at the 2014 Olympiads and hoped, as is seen in many international sporting events, that these Olympiads would inspire a surge in interest in maths and science. Dr Burrowes acknowledged the number of girls selected to the teams this year, the highest number of any year, and was hopeful that it’s a sign of things to come.

Above, the 2015 Informatics Olympiad team, from left: Ishraq Huda, Michael Chen, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Declan McDonnell and Jerry Mao.

Above, the 2015 Mathematics Olympiad team, from left: Alexander Gunning, Yang Song, Kevin Xian, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Jeremy Yip, Ilia Kucherov and Seyoon Ragavan.

Photos by Irene Dowdy. Further photos can be found here.

The teams members selected for the Informatics and Mathematics Olympiads are as follows:

29 July – 2 August Almaty, Kazakhstan
Michael Chen Year 12 Scotch College VIC
Ishraq Huda Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Jerry Mao Year 9 Caulfield Grammar School VIC
Declan McDonnell Year 11 Normanhurst Boys High School NSW

8–16 July Chiang Mai, Thailand
Alexander Gunning Year 12 Glen Waverley Secondary College VIC
Ilia Kucherov Year 11 Westall Secondary College VIC
Seyoon Ragavan Year 11 Knox Grammar School NSW
Yang Song Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Kevin Xian Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Jeremy Yip Year 12 Trinity Grammar School VIC

2014 Australian medal presentation

2014 Australian medal presentation

Australian Medallists

The 2014 Australian medallists with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland.

The 2014 Australian medallists with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland.

Students from Australia were presented with medals for their outstanding achievement in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank. The medals were presented by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, at Government House, Brisbane, on Friday 7 November.

This year there were 34 medallists from Australia: 15 from the Junior division, six from the Intermediate division and eleven from the Senior Division. Two students, Charles Li of Victoria and Hilton Nguyen of New South Wales, both from the Junior division, obtained perfect scores and will be awarded the Peter O’Halloran Award for Excellence.

The Governor paid tribute to all the medallists, congratulating them on their achievement and encouraging them in all their endeavours. After the ceremony the Governor mingled with the students and was particularly keen to meet Alexander Gunning who competed in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) this year, obtaining a perfect score. This was a first for any Australian student in the IMO and placed him equal first out of nearly 600 of the most outstanding young mathematicians in the world.

After the ceremony at Government House all the medallists and their guests were invited to a luncheon at the Stamford Plaza hosted by the sponsor of the AMC, the Commonwealth Bank. Mrs Isabella Mannix, Senior Manager Not For Profit, Commonwealth Bank, addressed the students congratulating them on their outstanding achievement.

Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Executive Director of the Australian Mathematics Trust, also addressed the guests, whilst medallist William Hu, aged 13 and shortly scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, performed on the piano. Seyoon Ragavan, an AMC medallist this year and also a Bronze medallist at this year’s IMO, addressed the guests on behalf of the medallists. Finally, the Chairman of the AMT Board Greg Taylor proposed a toast the medallists.

» A complete list of the 2014 Medallists can be found here.

2014 Singapore Presentation

2014 Singapore Presentation

Singapore Medallists


2014 Singapore Medallists

2014 Singapore Medallists

The annual AMT Awards presentation in Singapore was held on 24 October, hosted by Hwa Chong Institution. AMT Executive Director, Mike Clapper, presented the Australian Informatics Competition Awards for Excellence to the students who obtained a perfect score. The Australian Mathematics Competition sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank awards were also presented. Mr Peter Welsh, Head of Global Markets – Singapore, Commonwealth Bank,  presented the Prudence awards, and Mr Philip Green, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, presented the Prize awards, the medals and the Peter O’Halloran Awards for Excellence. Four of the eight medallists also received the Peter O’Halloran Award for Excellence for obtaining a perfect score.

2014 New Zealand Presentation

2014 New Zealand Presentation

New Zealand Medallists

2014 New Zealand medallists (from left) Prince Michael Balanay, Samuel Chen, Robin Wan and Max Gu.

2014 New Zealand medallists (from left) Prince Michael Balanay, Samuel Chen, Robin Wan and Max Gu.

The 2014 New Zealand medallists were presented with their medals at a ceremony at Linton College, Christchurch, on Thursday 16 October. The guest presenter was Dr John Hannah, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Canterbury, who also presented awards to Prudence and Prize awardees from the local area of Christchurch. There were also two students from Christchurch who achieved High Distinction awards in the Australian Informatics Competition who were presented with awards.

In 2010 Linton College was damaged in the Christchurch earthquake but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of students to sit either the AMC or AIC. Mike Clapper and the Trust conducted a successful workshop there for both students and teachers as part of a recently introduced outreach program. We appreciate the support of Linton College and our New Zealand AMC Director, Alan Parris.