While many of us have been watching the World Cup, six young Australians have been kicking goals at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Their goal count was 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals, positioning Australia at number 11 in the country rankings at the contest. The young team is supported by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT).
Leading the team’s success and placing in the top 100 contestants were high school students Guowen Zhang (12th), Ethan Tan (34th) and William Steinberg (61st). They competed against 594 students from 107 countries who attended the 59th annual IMO in Romania this week. Guowen’s place was the highest by an Australian since 2015.
’Problem solving is and will continue to be one of the most important skills we can develop in our students,’ said Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford. ‘It is wonderful to see Australian students demonstrating excellence in this area at such a high level. The team’s performance is a credit to their hard work and perseverance, and the excellent and ongoing support and leadership of our Director of Training, Angelo Di Pasquale, and Deputy Team Leader, Andrew Elvey-Price, and staff and volunteers who support the Olympiad program.’
The AMT offers opportunities to enrich primary and secondary students’ problem solving in mathematics and algorithmics. The AMT has been sending an Australian team to the IMO since 1981. The team of six is selected from an annual program of competitions, training schools and mentoring with final selection taking place in March.
The IMO contest is held over two days. On each day students attempt to solve three problems over four and a half hours.
The AMT’s IMO program receives grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It is also supported by the Trust’s corporate sponsor, Optiver.
Pictured above with team guide Emi are William Hu, Hayden Tang, Charles Li, Ethan Tan, William Steinberg and Guowen Zhang.
2018 International Mathematical Olympiad, Australian team results
|Guowen Zhang||St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace QLD||Gold|
|Ethan Tan||Cranbrook School NSW||Gold|
|William Steinberg||Scotch College WA||Silver|
|Charles Li||Camberwell Grammar School VIC||Silver|
|Hadyn Tang||Trinity Grammar School VIC||Silver|
|William Hu||Christ Church Grammar School WA||Bronze|