• A day of fun at Mooloolaba for the IOI

    by  • July 11, 2013 • Madeleine Russell, reporters, stories • 1 Comment

    Mooloolaba was inundated by visitors and competitors of the International Olympiad in Informatics on Tuesday.

    Three groups alternated between  different activities over the day: Underwater World, lunch in the park and surfing lessons at the beach.

    One special competitor Nicolas Orellana from Chile was selected to feed the seal at the seal show.

    “I was so excited, I have never been that close to a seal before,” said Nicolas.

    Eljakim Schrijevers, Netherlands team leader and live broadcast presenter, enjoyed the underwater aquarium.

    “It is amazing; it was so good that I got to the end and had to go through twice,” Mr Schrijevers said.

    Contestants are participating in Australia’s first IOI.

    As part of the experience excursions are organized to showcase the local sites.

    After lunch in the park playing Frisbee contestants made their way to the beach.

    Some countries seemed hesitant to approach the rolling surf whilst other jumped right in.

    Team leader of the Chilean team Jorge Perez was excited to take a surfing lesson.

    “I have tried to surf before in my own country but this will be my first serious try,” Mr Perez said.

    John Fancourt, a member of Mooloolaba Surf Club, was giving the contestants an introduction into lifesaving techniques and the history of the club.

    “We are introducing them to the culture of surf life saving and explaining how the beach works, the flags and the signs, and what equipment we use,” Mr Fancourt said.

    For many this was their first time in Australia and at the beach.

    Canadian team leader Brian Dean was overwhelmed at the expansiveness of the beach, saying that he felt he was really in Australia now.


    Madeleine Russell is studying a dual Bachelor of Journalism and Communication majoring in Communication, Media and Culture at the University of Queensland. She enjoys literature, photography, cooking and travelling the globe. After graduating she hopes to work in television broadcasting as a reporter.

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