Top Aussie kids picked to compete at world science and maths games

hirty-one 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. Media are invited to attend.

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.

The Australian team members for the 2022 International Science and Mathematical Olympiads are as follows:                                                                                                              

International Biology Olympiad

10–18 July

Koen Dubrow, Year 12, Ivanhoe Grammar School, VIC

Douglas Joshi, Year 12, Balwyn High School, VIC

Quinton Nguyen, Year 12, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, VIC

Chi Chi Zhao, Year 12, St Peter’s Collegiate Girls School , SA

International Chemistry Olympiad      

10–18 July

Daniel Wang, Year 12, Baulkham Hills High School, NSW

Kevin Wang, Year 12, The Kings School , NSW

Kerui Yang, Year 12, James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW

Owen Yi, Year 12, James Ruse Agricultural High School , NSW

International Earth Science Olympiad

24–30 August

Adrian Lehane, Year 12, Narrabundah College, ACT

Jacinta Rees, Year 11, Meriden School, NSW

Sean Roe, Year 11, John Monash Science School, VIC

Lauren Singh, Year 11, Alstonville High School, NSW

Georgia Tonkin, Year 12, Merici College, ACT

David Wang, Year 11, Brisbane State High School, QLD

Edmond Wu, Year 12, Knox Grammar School, NSW

Jonathon Zhong, Year 10, James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW                                                                                                                                         

International Olympiad in Informatics

7–15 August               

Joshua Chen, Year 12, Christ Church Grammar School, WA

Jerry Zirui Li, Year 11, James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW

Evan Lin, Year 11, Melbourne High School, VIC

Arthur Sun, Year 11, Scotch College, VIC

International Mathematical Olympiad 

6–16 July

William Cheah, Year 8, Scotch College, VIC

Sizhe Pan, Year 11, James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW

Zian Shang, Year 11, Scotch College, VIC

Christopher Tran, Year 11, The University High School, VIC

Tony Yuzheng Wu, Year 12, Killara High School, NSW

Grace Chang Yuan, Year 12, Methodist Ladies’ College, VIC

International Physics Olympiad

10–18 July

Lydia Colla, Year 12, Loreto Kirribilli, NSW

Austin Lin, Year 12, Barker College, NSW

Vincent Ng, Year 12, James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW

Tianxia (Thomas) Qiao, Year 12, Carey Baptist Grammar School , VIC

Fredy Yip, Year 12, Knox Grammar School, NSW

Olympiad programs are funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. Additional support for the Science Olympiads comes from the Australian National University. Optiver is the National Sponsor of the Australian Informatics and Mathematical Olympiads.

Australia’s International Science and Mathematical Olympiads programs are run by the not-for-profit Australian Science Innovations (biology, chemistry, Earth science and physics) and the Australian Maths Trust (mathematics and informatics).