14 year old NSW student Jamie Abel has been named the winner of National Geographic’s Australian Geography Competition.
This week Ed Phillips hosted seven rounds of geography questions in front of a Foxtel studio audience for a special to be broadcast next month.
Jamie Abel’s win came down to his understanding of Argentina’s physical regions, the Victorian city Mildura’s prominence in the dried grape industry, and China’s extensive cotton crops. Cluey kid!
Sebastian Summersby-Mitchell from Canberra, representing the ACT (plus Northern Territory, Cocos Keeling Islands and Christmas Island) came in a close second place.
Abel will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, to compete as part of the Australian team at the National Geographic World Championship next year. He also wins $300 cash and a National Geographic World Atlas.
“It’s such an amazing opportunity to represent Australia at a global level. I’m really looking forward to seeing St. Petersburg, I can’t believe I’m going!” he said.
Ms Karin Simoncini, managing director of National Geographic Channel said, “Geography is applicable in all walks of life and the importance it plays extends far beyond the classroom.”
This was the 14th year of the national contest.
First place Jamie Abel, 14, Shore School, NSW
Second place Sebastian Summerby-Mitchell, 15, Canberra Grammar School, ACT
Third place Yianni Van Gelder, 15, Newington College, NSW
Fourth place Thomas Foster, 15, Launceston Church Grammar School, Tas
Fifth place Phoebe Smith, 15, Walford Anglican School for Girls, SA
Sixth place William Snell, 13, St Stephen’s Catholic College, QLD (equal)
Sixth place Jonathon Grigg, 15, Frederick Irwin Anglican School, WA (equal)
Eighth place Rebecca Li, 14, Methodist Ladies’ College, Vic
It airs on NatGeo on Monday July 16 at 10:30am