GEOGRAPHY whiz Harry Hall will represent Australia at the 2018 International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Canada later this year.
The Trinity College year 12 student was selected alongside other 16-19 year olds from all across the world to participate in the competition, which involves a written test, a multimedia test and substantial fieldwork.
Harry’s selection follows his exceptional performances at the National Geography Competition last year, earning him a spot at the Geography’s Big Week Out.
His success at the event then merited him a position in the iGeo, being held in Quebec, Canada, from July 31 to August 6.
Harry said he is looking forward to the trip, and participating in the competition, in an area as naturally beautiful as Canada.
“Canada has a number of natural unique landscapes, which obviously you wouldn’t find in Australia, it will be very interesting looking at the different places,” he said.
“It is a pretty amazing feeling, I think this is an opportunity that is extremely rare and I am extremely fortunate to be able to go.
“I can’t think of many situations like this.
“It is really quiet a remarkable chance, people around me say ‘it’s not chance, it is skill, you earnt it’ – I’d like to think that.”
The year 12 student said he is looking toward a career in the geography field, but if it does not eventuate he expects it will still be a large part of his life.
“Geography, to me, is important because it deals with a range of issues that are increasingly pressing to today’s society, whether that be urban designing to finding out better solutions that deal with climate change, or preserving wildlife,” Harry said.
“The truth is there are a lot of humans on the planet and we have an increasingly large effect on the environment.
“By studying geography, we are able to understand what that impact is, how we can mitigate it, and how we can build a sustainable future for generations to come.
“I’ve looked at a number of university degrees to do with geography – sustainable geography and urban planning, for example – and have also been guided by my geography teachers regarding scholarships to universities, such as Bond University in Queensland, which will help me achieve those goals.
“I know that regardless of what profession I do, ultimately, geography will always be important to me, and I will have it active in my mind and in the decisions I make.”