Top Aussie kids picked to compete at world science and maths games
Teams announcement at Parliament House, Canberra, 20 June 2022
31 of Australia’s brightest high school scientists and mathematicians have won selection to represent Australia at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science, Informatics and Mathematical Olympiads – the world’s toughest maths and science competitions for teenagers. They will compete against more than 2,000 of the world’s brightest students.
The young Olympians will receive their Australian team blazers, and hear from the Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, and Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, at an official team announcement ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra, on Monday 20 June.
The selected students represent 23 schools from the ACT, NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA. They have spent a year participating in exams and intensive training to make the cut. The students have succeeded against more than 20,000 other students in extension programs and qualifying exams, competing against a shortlist of 237 to attend specialised training for ultimate selection of the teams.
This year’s teams include Australia’s first student to achieve the top overall score at the Asian Physics Olympiad, who beat more than 200 competitors from 28 countries, and a Year 8 student from Melbourne who has outperformed senior high school students to represent Australia in mathematics.
Grace Chang Yuan, a Year 12 student from Methodist Ladies’ College in Victoria, has also been chosen for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) after scoring a gold medal and ranking sixth in the world in the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad held earlier this year.
Locally, two Canberra students are part of the Olympiads teams, with students from Narrabundah College and Merici College.
Year 12 student, Fredy Yip, from Knox Grammar School in Sydney (and 2020 IMO gold medallist), won the recent Asian Physics Olympiad with a gold medal and the top overall score of 47.6 out of 50. He said, “I am delighted that my passion for physics has been recognised and I hope my achievement will inspire other students.”
Year 8 mathematics team member, William Cheah, from Melbourne’s Scotch College is the youngest member of the IMO team and has been in the Australian Maths Trust’s Olympiad training program since he was in Year 5. He sat the Year 7 level of the Australian Mathematics Competition when he was in Year 4, receiving a gold medal.
“It is an exciting opportunity to represent Australia at the IMO, and I look forward to meeting inspiring students from around the world,” William said.
The mathematics team will travel to compete in the IMO in Norway – the first time a team has travelled internationally since the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The science and informatics Olympians will compete in online exams and challenges supervised at approved competition venues in Australia.