Language and linguistics have long been interests of mine. Over the last few years I have been heavily involved in Linguistics Olympiads


In 2009 I was team leader for the Great Britain team at the 7th International Linguistics Olympiad held in Poland. We picked up a bronze medal in the individual event, and came 5th in the team event -- not bad for a first attempt!


Following that event, the UK Linguistics Olympiad committee was set up, and in 2010 we organised a two round national competition to select a UK team to go to the 8th International Linguistics Olympiad in Sweden. In fact we took two teams and we picked up a bronze medal, two honourable mentions, and an award for best solution


We took a single team to IOL9 in Pittsburgh USA in 2011, winning a bronze medal and an honourable mention


In 2012 at IOL10 in Slovenia we had a 'dream team', picking up a silver medal and three bronzes


In 2013 it was the UK's turn to host. IOL11 was held in Manchester in July, and the event proved to be a great success. The UK team won a silver medal and five honourable mentions


The 2014 Olympiad was held in Beijing. We won our first ever gold medal


In 2015 the Olympiad was in Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria. We had our most successful year to date: two gold medals, a silver, a bronze, and three honourable mentions in the individual contest. And we were the outright winners of the team contest


The 2016 Olympiad was in Mysore. We collected two golds and a bronze in the individual event; we came third in the team event


The 2017 Olympiad in Dublin was our most successful ever. In the team competition, both UK teams got honourable mentions. In the individual competition we won three golds (one of them being the top gold in the whole competition) and two silvers. We also won the 'Rosetta Trophy' for the best performing team in the individual event.