Tim has way with words

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como -

ZYZZYVA, kaolinic and taileron are all words with which 16year-old Tim Ma­son is very fa­mil­iar.

The Como word master placed in the top 25 at the World Youth Scrab­ble Cham­pi­onships in Sri Lanka re­cently and is in train­ing for the 2015 cham­pi­onships, which will be held in Perth.

He said dic­tionar­ies had al­ways fas­ci­nated him, but it was not un­til 2011 when his in­ter­est in the game re­ally grew.

“I orig­i­nally played with my mum, but she soon got tired of it, so when I was bored I would come up with words out of the dic­tio­nary I could put down,” he said.

“I loved it so much I started re­search­ing and dis­cov­ered that Scrab­ble was played com­pet­i­tively in th­ese big tour­na­ments.”

He said he loved that no two games were the same.

“There is an end­less plethora of words and strate­gies to learn, all of it very in­ter­est­ing and stim­u­lat­ing,” he said.

“I also love it be- cause it brings peo­ple to­gether. Peo­ple from dif­fer­ent ages, back­grounds, re­li­gions, races and oc­cu­pa­tions come to­gether to do bat­tle with words, which I think is fan­tas­tic.”

■ Aus­tralia will have 20 places in the 2015 cham­pi­onships, giv­ing bud­ding word­smiths a chance to rep­re­sent their coun­try at a world event in WA.

Visit www.scrab­blewa.org.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Rad­heya Je­gath­eva (15), Liana Aho (13), Rahul Je­gath­eva (13) and Shrad­dha Bose-Man­dal (13) are aim­ing for the 2015 World Youth Scrab­ble Cham­pi­onships.

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