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