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TeamUK places third in the world at the 16th International Geography Olympiad

TeamUK came third in the world, achieving their best ever result at the 16th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Hong Kong. The competition ran between 30 July and 5 August.

The International Geography Olympiad is divided into three rounds, each with a different focus. The first is a written test, in which the UK finished first overall. The second and third rounds are a multi-media and fieldwork exercise respectively.

The individual UK team members achieved the following results:

Zachary Elliott: Gold

Alex Teeuw:  Silver

Naomi Gammon: Bronze

Freya Ruparal: Bronze

TeamUK was led by Mark Higginbottom and John Lyon.

The week was not without incident as the team arrived just as a category 8 typhoon was blowing through. Protests and strikes were also ongoing as the competition progressed, but this did not prevent TeamUK from thoroughly enjoying the event.

Freya Ruparal commented:

‘Finding out about other cultures and meeting students from all over the world has been amazing’.

Naomi Gammon echoed Freya’s positive remarks:

‘The whole week has been a very special experience. The cultural event and learning about Chinese calligraphy was really interesting. We’ve had such a contrast in the weather from the typhoon to really hot sunny weather – the swimming pool has been a great relief.’ 

Alex Teeuw recalled his favourite moment:

‘The excursion to the islands and Geo Park was very special and really challenged the stereotypical view of Hong Kong simply as an urban metropolis.’

Zachary Elliot was competing for in the iGeo for a second time, winning silver last time out. This was what he had to say about this year’s competition:

‘Competing as part of TeamUK for this year’s UK was an absolute honour. From the tests to the excursions and from meeting likeminded students from across the world to the opportunities for cultural exchange, it’s certainly been an incredible time.

The poster presentation was a particular highlight and it was a blast to present our poster on London as a Smart City, but also to explore smart cities from all over the world’.

Mark Higginbottom – team leader said:

‘The UK team this year have been inspirational. It is an amazing achievement for school Geography in the UK to be placed third in the world’ 

The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is an annual competition for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from all over the world. Students chosen to represent their countries are the very best, chosen from thousands of students who participate enthusiastically in their own National Geography Olympiads.