Representing Ireland in problem-solving Olympics

Jane D'Altúin at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing
Jane D'Altúin at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing

REPRESENTING Ireland at an international 'Olympiad' for advanced problem-solving in China was a 'life-altering experience' for one young Ballyduff woman.

Jane D'Altuin is just back from Beijing where she represented the nation, along with three others, at the International Linguistics Olympiad - a gruelling contest of the mind challenging young people to solve complex language puzzles using logic and reasoning.

So sound is Jane's reasoning and logical powers that she was selected from more than 2,500 Irish students to represent the country at the national heats of the international competition in Trinity College Dublin earlier in the year.

Jane is a student of the all-Irish Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí in Tralee; an environment that has helped her develop her language skills no end as all students are immersed in the native tongue there.

"When I entered the Linguistics Olympiad, I never dreamed that I'd make it to the international round in China, but I'm so thankful that I did. The problems themselves were engaging and challenging, and I enjoyed myself hugely. It's been a life-changing experience, and I've met people I hope to remain great friends with!" Jane said.