Tony equates success with support

A Killara High School student has secured gold at the International Maths Olympiad. Sophie Winton reports.

Image: Golden days: Killara High School student Tony Wu, fourth from left, at the International Mathematics Olympiad in Oslo.

Killara High School student Tony Wu has been officially recognised as one of the brightest maths masterminds in the world.

After competing against the best of the best mathematicians at the 2022 International Mathematics Olympiad, Tony was awarded a gold medal for Australia.

Tony said he was very lucky to have won a gold medal at the tournament this year.

“Building on top of the Killara High School tradition of international academic representation from Maths Olympians, I hope my success motivates more engagement in academic competitions within our school community,” said Tony.

“I want to express my acknowledgment of Killara High School teachers and the school community for the ongoing support and encouragement.”

The International Mathematical Olympiad is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for high school students and has been held annually since 1959. This year’s competition was held in Oslo, Norway, from 6 July to 16 July 2022, with more than 100 countries taking part.

Tony achieved a gold medal in the competition and placed 38th overall out of 589 contestants. The Australian team placed 29th out of 104 countries represented in the competition.

Killara High School principal Robin Chand said Tony hoped his achievements would inspire other students to work towards unleashing their potential across all facets of life, and to participate in academic competitions.

“Tony is an inspirational young person with a deep interest in mathematics, and its applications towards assisting the world,” Mr Chand said.

“Tony is a kind, humble and hardworking student who always seeks to help his peers around the school. Throughout this journey, Tony’s teachers have been very supportive.”

James Ruse Agricultural High School Year 11 student Sizhe Pan, the other NSW student in the Australian team, received a bronze medal in the competition.

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