For the first time, Hong Kong primary school teams have nabbed the highest honour at the annual International Mathematics Competition, with four students winning gold medals and the overall championship.
The competition was held in the Indian city of Lucknow, with 72 teams from 26 countries taking part. Each year, it brings together mathematics lovers to meet and compete with one another. Since it began in 2003, it has been hosted by Thailand, Philippines and South Korea.
The competition has one category for individuals and one for teams. Each competitor in the individual category needs to solve 15 problems within 90 minutes. In the other category, each team of four students needs to solve 10 problems together within one hour.
Hong Kong team members struck gold in both categories.
Hong Kong’s two teams were made up of students from the Diocesan Boys’ School and Sheng Kung Hui institutions run by the Anglican Primary Schools Council, which went on to win gold.
“I have participated in this contest several times and I enjoy the cooperation with teammates as well as making new friends,” gold medal winner Yiu Chun-hei, 11, said on his return to the city on Tuesday.
Students were selected by the Professional Teachers’ Union based on the results of local competitions, and were trained in problem solving for three hours, two to three days a week.
“Success depends on the pupils themselves, who are inspired by their interest, talent and hard work,” Anglican council chief administrator Tse Chun-keung said.
Tse said there were a few difficulties along the way, including complicated visa procedures and poor living conditions in India, but added that the students had no problem adjusting to conditions in India.