Rahul en­joys a play on words

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

PERTH Mod­ern School stu­dent Rahul Je­gath­eva made his­tory last month when he be­came the youngest WA di­vi­sion cham­pion at Scrab­ble.

The 12-year-old beat play­ers twice his age to win six out of seven games at the Coogee Scrab­ble Tour­na­ment on Sun­day, Au­gust 24.

He won the cov­eted triple crown, after achiev­ing the high­est game score of 448 points and high­est word score of 86 points.

Rahul’s first ex­pe­ri­ence with Scrab­ble was watch­ing his par­ents play and started en­ter­ing com­pe­ti­tions when he was 10.

He said he used apps on his com- puter to play with peo­ple from around the world and tried to ab­sorb as many new words as he could from con­ver­sa­tions, books, TV and film.

“Scrab­ble is re­ally fun and I re­ally en­joy the com­pet­i­tive side,” Rahul said. “Win­ning the cham­pi­onships was awe­some as I had been aim­ing for a win since com­ing in the top three be­fore.

“My im­me­di­ate goal is to place as high as I can in the World ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Sri Lanka and just keep im­prov­ing from there.”

Rahul trav­elled to Sri Lanka last week for the World Youth (un­der-17) Scrab­ble Cham­pi­onships.

Rahul Je­gath­eva is WA’s youngest Scrab­ble cham­pion.

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