These students are repping Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad

International Mathematical Olympiad team
Squad goals: Hadyn Tang, Ruiying Wu and Zian Shang are part of the International Mathematical Olympiad dream team for 2021.

Mathletes across the country, get excited! The 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad is almost here and there’s some serious talent on the Australian team.

Ten high school students from all over Australia have been selected for the International Mathematical Olympiad and International Olympiad in Informatics teams after flexing their epic skills in high-level competitions, rigorous training schools and mentoring.

The 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad will be held in Russia on July 14-24. The team will participate virtually and compete against around 100 different countries.

The team for the 33rd International Olympiad in Informatics has also been announced and they will compete against 80 countries, also virtually, from June 19-25.

So what are these competitions all about?

The International Mathematical Olympiad is a comp for pre-university students and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads. The first one was held in Romania all the way back in 1959.

Students have to solve extremely tough algebra and pre-calculus problems, as well as problems on branches of maths not usually covered at school and often not at uni level either. These include projective and complex geometry, functional equations, combinatorics, and well-grounded number theory.

Here’s an example problem from the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1963:

Then there’s the International Olympiad in Informatics. In this one, high school students from various countries compete in an algorithmic comp to sharpen their informatics skills – that’s things like problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, programming, and testing.

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Who’s representing us?

These next gen maths experts!

2021 International Mathematical Olympiad team

Student Year School
Hadyn Tang Year 12 Trinity Grammar School, VIC
Andres Buritica Year 12 Scotch College, VIC
Haibing Wang Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW
Jason Chi Year 12 Scotch College, VIC
Ruiying Wu Year 12 St Hilda’s Anglican School For Girls, WA
Zian Shang Year 10 Scotch College, VIC
William Cheah (reserve) Year 7 Scotch College, VIC

 2021 International Olympiad in Informatics team

Student Year School
James King Year 12 Brisbane School of Distance Education, QLD
Brynly Mitchell Year 12 Dickson College, ACT
Evan Lin Year 10 Melbourne High School, VIC
Joshua Chen Year 11 Christ Church Grammar School, WA
Tom He (reserve) Year 11 Scotch College, VIC
James King, Brynly Mitchell and Joshua Chen, part of the team competing at the International Olympiad in Informatics.

The teams are super passionate about maths and problem solving, and have put in a lot of effort over the years to get this far, according to Angelo Di Pasquale, Director of Training. He adds, “Training and preparation are one thing. The reality of competing on the international stage mixing it with the world’s best is another. My hope is that they realise their potential at the Olympiad by performing according to what we know they can really do.”

Speaking about the star line up, Nathan Ford (CEO of the Australian Maths Trust) says, “We are thrilled to see Ruiying Wu selected to the International Mathematical Olympiad team. She has been a dedicated team member of our European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad teams in 2020 and 2021 and I congratulate her on her selection as the first young woman participating in an Australian International Mathematical Olympiad team since 2016.”

Congratulations to all of these maths legends. We can’t wait to cheer you on!

Looking for more awesome maths stories? Check out Careers with STEM: Maths & Data 2021. It has all the deets on maths and data study paths and careers, plus how to combine your STEM skills with health, business, trades, security, society, agriculture, education and much more! 

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.



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