Young linguists need support for Beijing event

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Four students hope to travel to Beijing in July to compete at the International Linguistics Olympiad.

Daniel Quayle, Keira Gawne, Clare Pickering and Annie Lennon qualified for the 12th International Linguistics Olympiad by scoring the highest points in a local challenge.

The event will take place in Beijing, China, from July 21 to 25, and will see teams of young people from around the world gather to test their minds against the world’s toughest puzzles in language and linguistics.

But in order to compete, the Isle of Man team needs to secure sponsorship, either from one generous supporter or various smaller donors.

The trip will cost upwards of £7,000.

Bob Teare, Manx language officer with the Department of Education and Children, said: ‘This is a wonderful chance for four talented young linguists from the island to represent the island on the world stage and we hope to secure support to do so.’

The team’s papers were comparable to the top scores achieved by the UK in their annual Linguistic Olympiad.

Email Bob at or call 225326 to discuss offering support to enable the team to compete in Beijing.

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