Eight of Australia’s top performing student physicists have made the team to represent Australia at the Asian Physics Olympiad to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 5 to 13 May. They will compete against more than 200 of Asia’s smartest kids representing 27 other countries and regions.
The Australian Year 11 and 12 students are from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Sutton, NSW. They will compete in theoretical and experimental exams that draw on first-year university physics, and will try to win gold for Australia.
The students have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They outperformed more than 1,700 other students who sat the qualifying exam, making a shortlist of 24 to attend a two-week physics summer school at the Australian National University in preparation for the Olympiad.
The Australian team members for the 20th Asian Physics Olympiad are listed below:
Stephen Catsamas Year 12 Marcellin College VIC Benjamin Davison-Petch Year 12 Christ Church Grammar WA Min-Je Hwang Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural College NSW Alexander Lin Year 11 The King’s School NSW Jessie LumY ear 12 Pymble Ladies’ College NSW William Sutherland Year 12 Scotch College VIC Simon Yung Year 12 Narrabundah College ACT Rosemary Zielinski Year 12 Merici College ACT