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Perth Modern School Year 12 student Angel Yu has brought home a Bronze Medal from the 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in the Netherlands held from 16 to 24 July 2011.

Angel, 15, was the only Western Australian in the Australian team of six that placed equal 25th against 101 countries, tying with Hungary and Serbia.

The Australian team also performed well the week before at Cambridge where they tied with Great Britain in the annual Mathematics Ashes, a traditional contest undertaken during five days of pre-IMO training.

Angel was the first Western Australian student to compete an International Mathematical Olympiad since 2001 and he said that participating in the event was wonderful experience.

“I really enjoyed myself and enjoyed making friends with other students from my team and from around the world,” Angel said.

“A bronze medal is great given this year’s paper didn’t suit me as it only had one geometry question – I like geometry. I was hoping to win a silver medal, but it was still great to be a part of such a well organised event.

“We were able to spend a day sight seeing in London and also visited The Hague – I particularly liked the Escher Museum and artworks of optical illusions and impossible shapes,” Angel said.

Perth Modern School Principal Ms Lois Joll congratulated Angel for his Bronze Medal achievement and his demonstrated excellence in mathematics.

“We are so proud of Angel for winning a Bronze Medal at the highest level mathematics competition in the world – it was an incredible effort and he is well deserving of the award,” Ms Joll said.

The other Australian team members included three students from NSW, one from Victoria, and one from South Australia who won three Silver and two Bronze medals.

The International Mathematical Olympiad is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students. As the largest and oldest Olympiad for the exact sciences, it is regarded as the world’s highest level of Mathematics Competition.

The National Olympiads Program is the only national program to help talented students stretch beyond the school curriculum to reach their potential in science and mathematics, a similar program to that offered by the Australian Institute for Sport for talented athletes.

The International Olympiads are held annually under the auspices of UNESCO. They are regarded as the ‘Olympic Games for Science, Informatics and Mathematics students’.
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