GA Worldwise International Competition
The deadline for this year's competition has now passed.
The top four entries will win places to participate in the International Geography Olympiad 2013 (iGeo) to be held in Kyoto, Japan from 30 July - 6 August 2013.
About the International Geography Olympiad
The Olympiad involves teams from more than 30 countries across the world who come together to take part in a range of geographical activities and excursions and to share their culture and friendship. It contains three elements: a written response test, a multimedia test and a fieldwork test.
The official language of the iGeo is English and a country's team will be made up of four secondary school/college students who are aged between 16 and 19 (inclusive) on 30 June. The UK team will be accompanied by two adults who are teacher volunteers with the GA.
Find out more on the International Geography Olympiad website.
iGeo 2012 - Congratulations Team UK!
Four young geographers from the UK took part in the International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) during August 2012 and walked away with silver and bronze medals following a series of geographical challenges.
120 competitors from 32 countries took part in the contest which was held in Cologne from 20-27 August. The students completed a written response test, a multimedia test and a fieldwork exercise in central Cologne before the scores were tallied and medals awarded.
Hugo Leatt from Westminster School finished 23rd to claim a silver medal while Caoimhe McLaughlin from Our Lady's Convent High School in Hackney came 52nd to bag a bronze. The team from Singapore were crowned as overall contest winners with the UK coming in 15th place.
About the team
Team UK were selected following an essay competition organised by the GA as part of our range of activities for students known collectively as Worldwise. The team included:
- Eleanor Haslingden from Darrick Wood School, Orpington, Kent
- Caoimhe McLaughlin from Our Lady's Convent High School, Hackney, London
- Camilla Howard-Luck from Southend High School for Girls
- Hugo Leatt from Westminster School, London
A word from the GA Worldwise Committee
The team were accompanied by GA Worldwise Committee Co-Chairs Mark Higginbottom and Sue Lomas. Mark said:
"Team UK has once again demonstrated that we have some of the best young geographers in the world. The team were a credit to themselves, their families and the GA. They worked together with teams from Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Estonia, Tunisia and more, totalling 32 countries, the largest iGeo Geography Olympiad to date.
The four young people in Team UK came away not just with medals and certificates of success but also new international friendships. They have helped us to raise the profile of geography as indeed have Sue and I as we shared with other nations the approaches to geography teaching and learning in our schools and colleges.
We both value enormously the opportunities that being a part of the Olympiad brings to geography in the UK."
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