In April four talented young Australian women competed in the 9th annual European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).
The Australian team placed 12th out of 52 competing countries and 204 contestants, scoring gold, silver and bronze medals. The 2020 team’s achievement builds on its strong past performances of 20th in 2018 and 14th in 2019.
The competition, due to be held in the Netherlands, was moved to remote delivery due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Grace He, who has competed every year since 2018, is the first Australian to achieve a gold medal at the competition, placing 9th overall among all competitors. Claire Huang (Silver, 38th overall) and Mikaela Gray (Bronze, 91st overall) also contributed to Australia’s medal tally.
The entire team contributed to Australia’s best performance yet on the EGMO’s international stage and has again demonstrated the strength and depth of Australia’s young female mathematical problem solvers.
- Thanom Shaw (Team Leader)
- Grace He, 17
- Mikaela Gray, 15
- Claire Huang, 16
- Ruiying Wu, 15
- Michelle Chen (Deputy Team Leader)
“The European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad has always been about creating invaluable opportunities for talented girls in mathematics,” said Thanom Shaw, Australia’s EGMO Team Leader. “Despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Netherlands has gone above and beyond to ensure that 204 contestants from 52 countries have still had that opportunity in 2020. The contingents from each of those countries may not have been able to meet face-to-face this year, but the contestants have still been able to compete on an international stage, and both the contestants and their leaders have been able to connect online in forums and via social media as well as participate in all sorts of activities.”
The AMT has been supporting young mathematical problem solvers across Australian schools and in national and international programs and competitions for over forty years. Its support of Australian teams competing at EGMO has been a part of its concerted effort to engage females of all ages in mathematics and has resulted in a significant increase in female participation across its Olympiad training programs.
The AMT’s EGMO initiative receives grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.
The Olympiad programs are also supported by the Trust’s National Sponsor of the Australian Informatics and Mathematical Olympiads, Optiver.
For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Nathan Ford, Chief Executive Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
Learn more about the Australian Mathematics Trust at www.amt.edu.au