Gold for physics stars

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 July, 2010, 12:00am

Five secondary students from Hong Kong won one gold, one silver and three bronze medals at the 41st International Physics Olympiad in Croatia.

Some 400 contestants from around 82 countries and territories took part in the competition which was held in the Croatian capital of Zagreb from July 17-25.

Jonathan Ma Han-son, a sixth former from Sing Yin Secondary School, won the city's only gold medal. He had also won first prize in the Pan-Pearl River Delta Physics Olympiad held in February.

Andy Loo, the youngest contestant ever to represent Hong Kong at the Olympiad, also excelled. The Form Four student from St Paul's Co-educational College won a silver medal in a competition which is usually aimed at Secondary Six students or those just under the age of 20.

The bronze medallists were Form Six students Tang Wai-ho (Baptist Wing Lung Secondary School), Tsang Hok-kan (Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kau Kui College) and Laurence Leung Yik-lok (King's College).

Hong Kong students have been participating in the annual Olympiad since 2004. Hong Kong teams also won gold in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

The event is aimed at promoting education in physics, strengthening interaction and co-operation among experts in the field worldwide and training and inspiring teenagers who have a talent for the subject.

A spokesman for the Education Bureau, which funded the trip, said the good results were due to the co-operation shown by the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the bureau.

Following outstanding performances in the 2009 Hong Kong Physics Olympiad, the five students were selected to take part in a series of enhancement courses before joining this year's competition in Croatia.