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UK students return with medal haul from Taiwan

21 July 2011

The four students who represented the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Taipei, Taiwan, returned earlier this week (Sunday 17 July) having each won a medal.

Patrick Perryman-Owens from Westminster School in London and Holly Rees from Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge both brought home silver medals and Vasanth Sritharan from Queen Elizabeth's School in London and André Zylstra from Charterhouse in Surrey took bronze.

From left to right: Dr Andrew Treharne, Chairman of the British Biology Olympiad, the students, Vasanth, Patrick, Holly and Andre, and Dr Bill Burnett and Neil Richards members of the British Biology Olympiad Committee. Credit: A Treharne

From left to right: Dr Andrew Treharne, Chairman of the British Biology Olympiad, the students, Vasanth, Patrick, Holly and Andre, and Dr Bill Burnett and Neil Richards members of the British Biology Olympiad Committee.
Credit: A Treharne

This is the fourteenth consecutive year in which all the UK team members have been awarded medals. Each year, 40% of the competitors return home without medals.

Dr Andrew Treharne, Chairman of the British Biology Olympiad, said "This was a magnificent achievement by the students. They worked extremely hard to compete against the best young biologists from 57 other countries and should feel very proud of their success."

The Olympiad opened with a speech by Vincent Siew, Vice President of Taiwan. Wu Den-yih, Premier of Taiwan, made a surprise appearance at the closing ceremony.

Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Director of Innovation and Skills, said "Our young biologists have done us proud once more. The students did fantastically and all have bright futures ahead of them. Biologists have an important role to play in the UK economy and society in the coming century so it is important that we invest in and support these talented young people.

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