• Delegates enjoy fair dinkum Aussie fun at Lone Pine

    by  • July 7, 2013 • Chris Woods, reporters, stories • 1 Comment

    Enter Lone Pine

    IOI guests enter Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

    IOI guests have met with native Australian wildlife only a day into the event.

    More than 20 informatics enthusiasts were taken to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane on Sunday morning.

    The group included informatics students, past-competitors and current computer scientists.

    Guests held koalas, fed kangaroos and watched sheep being shorn, among other activities.

    For some, such as Estonian student Sandra Schumann, the trip constituted their first Australian experience.

    Ms Schumann only arrived in the country on Saturday but was enthusiastic to see animals such as platypuses and the Tasmanian devil.

    Guests will go on to visit southeast Queensland galleries, theme parks and Australia Zoo throughout the week.

    Paul-Henri Callewaert

    Belgian representative Paul-Henri Callewaert holds a koala.

    Sandra Schumann

    Estonian student Sandra Schumann cuddles a freshly shorn sheep fleece.

    Kangaroo Reserve

    IOI visitors enter the Kangaroo Reserve.

    Rodrigo Ruben Santiago Nieves

    Mexico’s Rodrigo Ruben Santiago Nieves meets some kangaroos.

    Sébastien Combéfis

    Belgium’s Sébastien Combéfis pats a wallaby.

    Delphine Dean

    Delphine Dean, from USA, tentatively approaches a kangaroo.

    Paul-H and Seb

    Mr Combéfis and Mr Callewaert pose with one of the reserve’s largest kangaroos.

    Visiting IOI delegates

    Visitors celebrate their day at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.


    Chris Woods is studying for a Bachelor of Journalism/Arts, with a dual major in Writing and Film & Television. He is in his last year of study and will complete his final semester at the University of Stony Brook in New York. Chris intends to focus on science and political journalism, and intends to begin work in local radio next year.

    One Response to Delegates enjoy fair dinkum Aussie fun at Lone Pine

    1. Don Piele
      July 8, 2013 at 1:13 am

      Thanks for the many nice news stories and pictures on the IOI.

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