• Welcoming contestants with a sea of signs – photo gallery

    by  • July 6, 2013 • Harriet Persse, reporters, stories • 0 Comments

    International competitors arrive at St Leo’s college for the 2013 IOI.

    All 315 contestants must check in upon arrival and are given a bag and ID badge for the week.

    Gabriele Farina – Contestant from Italy.
    “Its really exciting to be here with people from all around the world.”

    Volunteers waiting to meet contestants.

    Krassimir Manev – International Committee Member.
    He was at the very first IOI in 1989.

    Mekhrubon Turaev – IOI Contestant from Tajikistan.
    “This is our national hat in Tajikistan. I think its beautiful, and I am going to wear it during the competition.”

    Lukas Köbis – Contestant from Germany
    Lukas says he is excited to be experiencing Australia for the first time.


    Harriet Persse is currently in her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Journalism/Communications with a major in Public Relations. Throughout her degree she has undertaken internships at Carla Zampatti, Channel Nine, The Good Guide and Multiple Sclerosis Queensland. Harriet will be graduating in November of this year and hopes to pursue a career in Public Relations.

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