Australian Maths Trust

​​Meet Amber Li, one of the talented members of the 2024 International Mathematical Olympiad team​

Our 2024 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) team has officially been announced and is getting ready to compete in Bath, UK, from 14 to 22 July 2024. With a team of six bright young Australian students, the team is set to embark on the trip of a lifetime where they will have the opportunity to test their mathematical problem-solving skills and connect with like-minded students from around the world.  

One student joining the team this year is Amber Li. Currently in Year 10 at Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney, Amber first found her interest in mathematics while reading some introductory textbooks for fun. She was fascinated by the powerful tools and surprising mathematical results that showed her new possibilities within maths. The more challenging the problems, the more interesting she found the subject, and quickly realised maths was something she loved.   

Amber shared that her enjoyment of maths emerged from the beauty she finds when everything fits together. Seeing patterns and understanding the structure and idea behind a seemingly complicated problem is satisfying and rewarding for her to solve.  

In 2023, Amber showcased her exceptional talent and love for mathematics by achieving gold in both the Australian Mathematical Olympiad and the Australian Science Competition. Her dedication and talent were further highlighted when she was selected as a part of the 2024 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) team, securing a gold medal in Georgia. 

Reflecting on her achievements and anticipating the upcoming IMO, Amber remarked, “After attending EGMO for the first time this year, I will always remember how satisfying it was to be rewarded for my efforts. I hope that all of us can experience this and achieve a good result to make ourselves and Australia proud.” 

Looking ahead, Amber plans to pursue studies in mathematics, aspiring to delve into research, and help with scientific applications – including in biology which is another favourite subject of hers. Her advice to fellow aspiring female mathematicians stems from resilience and perseverance. “Hard work and love of maths are the truly important things that will help you achieve your goals. It might feel like no one around you is on the same journey, but that’s not true – there are many girls all around Australia and the world who are interested in mathematics. Keep pursuing your interests, and you’ll find a great community.” 

Amber embodies the spirit of determination and excellence that is shown by the Australian team heading to IMO 2024. Her journey stands as an inspiration to young mathematicians nationwide, displaying her love for and commitment to mathematics, proving anything is possible.