Abingdon School Student to represent UK at International Physics Olympiad 2019
18th June 2019

Abingdon School sixth form student, Ollie Breach, has been selected to represent the UK in the five-person team to compete in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2019 in Israel. The IPhO takes place from 7th – 15th July in Tel Aviv.

The annual IPhO brings together the most gifted young physicists from around the world with more than 80 countries taking part. The pre-university students are all winners of their respective national Physics Olympiads. The IPhO aims to challenge this next generation of aspiring scientists through a series of theory and practical problems. The students will also enjoy plenty of relaxation, getting to know each other and exploring Tel Aviv.

Speaking about his success Ollie, who is 18 and from Benson in Oxfordshire said, “I was surprised and really pleased when I heard that I had been successful. It was a difficult selection process but I enjoyed it and I think the final in Tel Aviv will be a fantastic experience.”

Ollie, a talented musician, is also taking part in a high-diving competition in Rome this summer. He hopes to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge – A level grades permitting. Ollie continues, “I enjoy the problem-solving aspects of physics and applying what you know to make sense of the unfamiliar.”

Ollie was selected following a rigorous process beginning with the British Physics Olympiad back in November which involved a theory exam and close to 2000 students taking part. The top scorers then went through to the preliminary round of the IPhO selection, taking a further written paper in physics and an optional paper in astronomy. Following this, 11 students were invited to a physics camp, where their practical and theoretical knowledge was tested. From this final round, the five students were chosen to represent the UK at the International Physics Olympiad.

To prepare for the international competition, the UK team will train in July at the University of Cambridge alongside the team from the USA.  

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