Canberra Grammar School student, Christian Flynn, has been selected to represent Australia at the 2017 International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Belgrade, Serbia. Christian won his place on the team of four senior geography students through his outstanding performance in last year’s Geography’s Big Week Out (GBWO).
The 2017 iGeo team was chosen from amongst 16 high performing senior students who were invited to participate in GBWO – an intensive six-day residential programme held on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland in 2016.
In the 2016 Australian Geography Competition, for the 17th consecutive year, Canberra Grammar School also placed 1st in the ACT. The competition had more than 66,000 students across over 670 schools in 2016.
Christian said that he was ‘very happy to accept this offer to be on the Australian 2017 International Geography Olympiad team’ and that both his parents, teachers and School, were all more than pleased for him to attend the Olympiad.
The four students on the Australian team are: Christian Flynn, Canberra Grammar School (ACT); Teale Lyon, St Mary’s Anglican Girls School (Perth, WA); Isaac Tennant, St Peter’s College (Adelaide, SA); and Madeleine Lezon, The Kilmore International School (Kilmore, VIC).
At the 2016 iGeo in Beijing, China, the four Australian students took out the top spot ahead of teams from 44 nations in this highly contested one-week international challenge. It is not only the opportunity to travel abroad and challenge themselves that students appreciate, but also the experience of meeting and making friends with students from all over the world.
In its 23rd year, the annual Australian Geography Competition is one of the biggest contests of its kind in secondary schools around the country testing students’ understanding of the subject, as well as their geographical skills and knowledge such as map reading and data interpretation.
Bernard Fitzpatrick, the Competition Coordinator said that ‘The Australian Geography Competition and the Olympiad help enthuse students about geography. Geography is a subject that all young people should study – it provides a structured approach to understanding socio-economic and environmental interconnections, which is vital if we are to develop innovative responses to issues such as climate change, food security, land degradation or human migration.’
Costs of participation in the GBWO and iGeo are covered by the Australian Geography Competition with support from the Australian Department of Education and Training, University of Queensland School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Macquarie University Department of Geography and Planning. The Australian Geography Competition is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland.
For more information about the Competition, visit geographycompetition.org.au