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A Gippsland student has been selected to represent Australia at an Olympiad of a different kind and there’s only 27 members in the national team.

While Australia’s finest athletes will be heading to France for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Bairnsdale student Grace Ng will represent Australia at the International Science Olympiad in her speciality area of biology.

The 17-year-old Gippsland Grammar student was presented with her Australian team blazer alongside 26 other students from around the country at a ceremony in Parliament House.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said it was an incredible achievement for the young Gippslander.

“Grace is an impressive young lady with diverse interests in and out of the classroom,” Mr Chester said.

“She obviously excels in science, but Grace is also an accomplished musician who enjoys hiking, swimming, and assisting with Landcare.

“Grace is a credit to her family and her teachers who have assisted her throughout her education, and I look forward to following her progress in the years ahead.”

Grace will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan, next month with three other Australian students to compete in biology against students from around the world.

During her visit to Parliament House, Grace joined Mr Chester on an impromptu tour. They met outgoing Governor-General David Hurley, who is about to retire. Mr Hurley was in Parliament for the unveiling of his official portrait and also wished Grace every success in the Australian Olympiad team.

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