Medals awarded at International Science Olympiad



L-R: Jeffrey Brown, Daniel Ho, Winnie Yuan and Catriona Illingworth. Image courtesy of Australian Science Olympiads.


Abbotsleigh students Catriona Illingworth (Year 12) and Winnie Yuan (Year 10) have recently been awarded a silver and bronze medal (respectively) at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads hosted in Japan in August. Catriona and Winnie were among 17 of Australia’s brightest student biologists, chemists, physicists and Earth scientists that made the team to represent Australia at the event in July and August, competing against some of the smartest kids in the world.

Catriona from Year 12 and Winnie from Year 10 (the youngest student in all four Australian teams), were among the select few who outperformed thousands of contenders from more than 250 schools to win a place in the 2016 International Science Olympiads. There were 17 medals awarded to the 17 Australian students – 11 bronze and six silver.


The International Earth Science team including Deputy Program Director Dr Bronte Nicholls and Earth and

Environmental Science Program Director Greg McNamara attended a morning tea at the Australian Embassy

in Japan with Ambassador Bruce Miller. Image courtesy of Australian Science Olympiads.

“The International Earth Science Olympiads was a fantastic experience, especially the social aspect - we had a great time meeting people from different countries and creating an international network of friends,” said Winnie Yuan.

The young science Olympians spent a year in exams and intensive training to be selected. They succeeded against 4,392 other students in the qualifying exams, making a shortlist of 93 to attend a two-week summer school at the Australian National University in preparation for the Olympiads. The two Abbotsleigh students competed in the Earth Science Olympiads with fellow team mates Jeffrey Brown (Redlands, Year 12) and Daniel Ho (James Ruse Agricultural High School, Year 12). They tested their skills against the best in the world in competitions that took place in Vietnam (Biology), Georgia (Chemistry), Japan (Earth Science) and Switzerland (Physics).



L-R: Daniel Ho, Winnie Yuan, Catriona Illingworth and Jeffrey Brown. Image courtesy of Australian Science Olympiads.

The Australian Science Olympiads program is run by non-profit Australian Science Innovations and supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Mathematics and Science Participation Program.

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