When Alex Gunning achieved a perfect score in the Australian Mathematical Olympiad in February, people were understandably amazed by the year 10 student.
When the 16-year-old doubled down with a similarly unblemished effort (and first place finish) in the more challenging Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad in March, they were suitably astounded. But when the young whiz from Glen Waverley Secondary College topped those performances last month, winning a gold medal and finishing eighth in the world at the prestigious International Mathematical Olympiad in Colombia, the only reaction left for anyone who knew him was pride.
I am not surprised that very few people have heard of this since this young bloke neither kicks a piece of inflated pig skin around nor is a bogan doing something stupid. More is the pity since he obviously has something to offer the world.