After 20 successful years and over 2 million student participants, the Geography Challenge continues to build interest in geography among young Canadians by allowing them to test their knowledge in friendly competition.
Team Canada takes home silver at the National Geographic World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia
July 29 – 31, 2013
The National Geographic World Championship brings together student teams from around the world to test their geographic knowledge. The championship is held on a biennial basis and is open to students 16 years old and under. Competition is fierce, but Team Canada has ranked in the top three at all but one competition since Canada began competing in 1995.
Meet the members of Team Canada 2013:
Kyle Richardson – Kitchener, ON
Kyle, 16, is the oldest member of Team Canada. Kyle could not compete in this year’s Great Canadian Geography Challenge; however, he placed 1st in 2012, 5th in 2011 and 8th in 2010. Kyle attends Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ont., and would like to be a diplomat representing Canada around the world when he graduates from university.
Jacob Burnley – Nanaimo, BC
Jacob, 15, attends Dover Bay Secondary School in Nanaimo, B.C. Jacob placed 7th in 2013, 2nd in 2012 and 4th in 2011. Jacob wants to take what he has learned from the Great Canadian Geography Challenge and study urban planning or geography when he graduates from high school.
Spencer Zhao – Toronto, ON
Fifteen-year-old Spencer Zhao is the youngest member of Team Canada. Spencer attends University of Toronto Schools and placed 3rd in 2013, 6th in 2012 and 2nd in 2011. Spencer wants to take his interest in advanced biology and chemistry turn it into a career in earth sciences.
Beth Dye – Coach
Beth Dye is a geography educator with 26 years of teaching experience at the secondary level in both British Columbia and Ontario. Ms. Dye is the Chair of the Great Canadian Geography Challenge committee and has accompanied Team Canada to four National Geographic World Championships, where the teams have won bronze twice, silver once and gold in 2009. She will be accompanying the team to this summer’s world championship in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Click here to hear an interview with Team Canada on CBC Radio.