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Hong Kong triumphs at Asian Physics Olympiad 2012 (with photo)

     Eight secondary students representing Hong Kong at the 13th Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) in India have returned proudly home with one gold medal, two bronze medals and three honourable mentions.

     Gold medalist Lam Ho-tat, a Secondary Five student from Pui Shing Catholic Secondary School, also won the first honour prize in the Pan-Pearl River Delta Physics Olympiad held in February 2012.

     The bronze medalists were Secondary Four student Tam Pok-man from Sing Yin Secondary School and Secondary Five student Lum Kai-chun from Queen's College, while the honourable mentions were Secondary Five student Wong Yiu-man from Queen Elizabeth School, Secondary Five student Man Siu-hang from CCC Ming Yin College and Secondary Five student Tony Shing from Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School. The remaining two members of the Hong Kong team were Secondary Five student Chiu Chun-fung from Kwun Tong Maryknoll College and Secondary Five student Yim Lok-lam from Po Leung Kuk No 1 WH Cheung College.

     "This year's good results mark the success of collaboration among the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Education Bureau (EDB)," a spokesman for the EDB said today (May 8).

     The students are trainees under the Physics Enhancement Programme at HKUST commissioned by the HKAGE. Following outstanding performances in the Hong Kong Physics Olympiad 2011, these students were selected to take part in a series of enhancement courses before taking part in the APhO 2012. The trip was funded by the EDB.

     This year's APhO was held from April 30 to May 7 in Delhi, India, with 156 contestants from 21 countries/regions participating. The APhO aims to promote education in physics, strengthen interaction and co-operation among experts in physics in Asia, and train and inspire teenagers who are highly talented in physics.
     The leader of the Hong Kong Team was HKUST's Professor Chen Tian-wen while the deputy leader was Wa Ying College physics teacher Mr Lam Wang-yuen; Dr Ma Guancong and Mr Yang Min from the HKUST's Department of Physics went as observers.

Ends/Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:34


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