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The first Canadian Team brings home awards from EGMO 2018

Posted by Dorette Pronk- With excerpts of text from on May 23, 2018 in Mathematics and Statistics, Community
Members of the EGMO Canadian Team in Italy
Members of the EGMO Canadian Team in Italy

Canada’s first ever team to compete in the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad returned from Italy, medals in hand. EGMO Math Team Canada earned one Silver medal, two Bronze medals and one Honourable Mention.

The two-day competition got its start in 2012 when it was first written in Cambridge, UK and has since grown to include more than 50 countries. Participation in the EGMO is by invitation only and Team Leader Professor Dorette Pronk (Dalhousie) says the solutions submitted by the Canadian Team were"'The most beautiful’ she has seen… that the students were encountering interesting problems with enough time to solve them and really appreciate the beauty in the ideas, fitting, in the environment of beauty and art in Florence.”

Although the EGMO was certainly a competition, it had a different focus than on just medals and placement. The focus was on creating a community of female mathematicians that the participants could draw on in the future. Contestant Anna Krokhine says the competition was“about community, rather than being hostile or competitive, you could really think about interesting mathematics during the week.”

The team agreed that although challenging, the competition was also inspiring as they were encountering interesting problems.

Deputy Team Leader Sarah Sun (TD Bank, Data Strategy) says she was encouraged by the performance of the team noting:“I get the uncanny feeling that I am seeing tomorrow’s global leaders today”.

Canada’s presence at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad was made possible in large part due to the financial support of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics for which the Society is very grateful. The Society would also like to acknowledge the Leaders and organizers of the Winter Training Camp who assisted in identifying and training the members of the team.

Canada's EGMO 2018 Team consisted of: 

Elnaz Hessami Pilehrood - Silver Medalist - Marc Garneau C. I., North York, ON
Anna Krokhine - Bronze Medalist - University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON
Jingzhi Liang - Bronze Medalist - Marc Garneau C. I., North York, ON
Karen Situ - Honourable Mention - University Hill Secondary School, Vancouver, BC
Sarah Sun - Deputy Leader - TD Bank, Toronto, ON
Dorette Pronk - Leader - Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

EGMO 2019 will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine.