History making: Australian high school girls attend the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

History making: Australian high school girls attend the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

This week four Australian high school girls will make history by representing Australia for the first time at the 2018 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), an international mathematics competition for female school-aged students.

The Australian EGMO team, who were selected and are supported by the Australian Mathematics Trust, is represented by four mathematically enthusiastic Australian high school girls.

The team consists of year 12 students Yifan Guo (VIC), Alice Zhang (QLD) and Ellen Zheng (NSW). The youngest member is Grace He (VIC) in year 10, who received the Trust’s inaugural Cheryl Praeger Medal in 2017, awarded to top performing girls in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

You can follow the team this week via their blog: https://ausegmo.wordpress.com

When asked about what they were looking forward to most at EGMO, the girls collectively agreed they were excited to be ‘exploring a new country and meeting like-minded people from around the world with a passion for maths and problem solving.’

‘The Trust is focused on providing opportunities for Australian students of all ages and at all levels to participate in quality problem-solving activities. EGMO is another important step for us to support young Australian girls to develop and demonstrate their mathematical abilities on the international stage,’ Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford, said.

The EGMO has steadily grown into a major international event since its inception and the Australian Mathematics Trust is excited to have the opportunity to support a team. In 2012 only 19 countries participated in EGMO, while in 2018 there are 52 participating countries including 16 non-European countries. The 2018 EGMO will take place in Florence, Italy, on 9–15 April.

The AMT’s 2018 EGMO initiative received grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.  It is also supported by the Trust’s corporate sponsor, Optiver.

Related blog links:


  • April 6, 2018 Australian EGMO Team Launch – Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger AM Speech: Download PDF
    Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger AM; Australian Mathematics Trust board member and Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee, University of Western Australia Emeritus Professor.
  • Professor Michelle Simmons addresses the first Australian EGMO team: View video