Maths master Levi takes on the world

A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Munno Para youngster isn’t letting his physical limitations get in his way, as he continues to amaze onlookers with the power of his mind.
Ten-year-old Levi Pesin is set to become the first Australian to take on the world of mathematicians in the final round of the International Mathematical Olympiad this month.
Levi has experienced a rapid educational development in his short life and this month will travel to Bulgaria to take on the world’s most gifted mathematical minds.
Flinders University Associate Professor Vlad Ejov has served as Levi’s mentor and has been surprised with the youngster’s development since early childhood.
“At the age of two, Levi was introduced to basic arithmetic concepts; at three, he solved his first linear equation; at four, Levi was completing secondary school problem-solving tasks,” Prof Ejov said.
“At six, he did algebra and a geometry program (designed) for years eight and nine, and at seven years old he did programs for years 10 and 11.”
When he was two years old, Levi was involved in a family motor vehicle accident that left him a paraplegic.
Despite his physical limitations, he continues to enjoy being active and loves participating in swimming, diving and travelling.
Member for Light Tony Piccolo said he was pleased to “play a small role in Levi gaining the State Government scholarship that will help him travel overseas”.
“Levi is, obviously, a special talent and I wish him the very best as he heads to Bulgaria for the International Olympiad’s final round,” Mr Piccolo said.
“I’m also happy that he has been given the opportunity, through the Garth Gaudry Maths Mentoring Program scholarship, to pursue tertiary maths study at Flinders University, which is both stimulating and will open up many opportunities for Levi in the future.”

Tom Staggard


Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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