In April, four Australian high school students will be competing in the 2020 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), an international mathematics competition for female school-aged students. This is the third year that Australia will be represented, with this year’s Olympiad being held in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands on 15–21 April.
The Australian EGMO team was announced in Melbourne on Saturday, February 8, and is made up of four mathematically talented young women:
- Mikaela Gray, 15, Brisbane State High School, QLD
- Grace He, 17, Methodist Ladies’ College, VIC
- Claire Huang, 17, Radford College, ACT
- Ruiying Wu, 15, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, WA
Elizabeth Yevdokimov, 16, St Ursula’s College, Qld was selected as the team’s reserve.
The team were selected by the Australian Maths Trust’s (AMT) mathematical Olympiad program and will be supported by the AMT on their trip to Europe.
“It is so exciting that in just our first three years we will have had 10 girls from 10 different schools in 7 different cities from the west coast to the east coast representing Australia at the EGMO, pushing themselves to be the best problem solvers they can be, having fun, and very much enjoying the ride,” said Australian EGMO Team Leader, Thanom Shaw, “There is so much to be excited about. For the girls: travelling to The Netherlands, representing their country at an International competition, meeting like-minded students from all around the world, and with mathematics at the heart of the whole experience.”
“I am absolutely delighted that Australia will again be sending a team to the upcoming European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad,” said Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee Chair, Norm Do, “It is worth noting that sending a team to EGMO is perhaps the most visible outcome of the Australian Maths Trust’s ambitious program to widen and diversify the pipeline of young problem solvers. Our participation at EGMO is the culmination of years of hard work by countless staff and volunteers at the Australian Maths Trust, but particularly from the truly exceptional girls who will represent their country.”
The AMT’s 2020 EGMO initiative received grant funding from the Australian Government through the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. It is also supported by the Trust’s National Sponsor of the Australian Informatics and Mathematical Olympiad Programs, Optiver.