Bee star Beau’s ‘weird’TV ride

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Tyler Brown

AS one of the top 14 spell­ers in the coun­try, Beau Scad­dan says he does not prac­tise as much as peo­ple would think.

“It’s just a bonus that comes with read­ing a lot,” he said.

The Year 7 stu­dent said he would read “four to five hours a day all up” and was most in­ter­ested in epic fan­tasies, which could in­clude the likes of The Hob­bit and The Lord of the Rings, and non­fic­tion his­tory books.

He said he first re­alised he was good at spell­ing when he started win­ning school com­pe­ti­tions in about Year 3.

Since then, he has been named top boy for his year group in the school’s spell­ing bee in 2014 (Year 5) and 2015 (Year 6). But now his craft has taken him to a new level, mak­ing it to the top 14 of The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee.

The 12-year-old joined the show’s co­host Grant Denyer for a visit to Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Perth of­fice on Thurs­day to talk about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was mostly just a fun ride, that’s how I would put it,” he said.

“I liked to see be­hind the scenes and what it was like to make a TV show.

“It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to be film­ing; it was like a be­hind-thescenes movie.

“It was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

He said now see­ing him­self on tele­vi­sion was “re­ally weird”.

“It’s like there’s two of me; one of them is a TV per­son and one of them is just a nor­mal per­son,” he said.

He even watched the sea­son pre­miere, which aired on July 17, twice.

“I in­vited the loud­est friend I have over so he would an­noy my sis­ters and get rid of them,” he said.

Though Beau is un­sure if he has a fu­ture in tele­vi­sion, he does have high as­pi­ra­tions for when he leaves school.

“I would like to be a neu­ro­sur­geon be­cause I want to be a doc­tor and spe­cialise,” he said.

“I’m in­ter­ested in how the brain works; I find it re­ally in­ter­est­ing and I read this thing about the brain and how we don’t know very much about it. I find it re­ally in­trigu­ing.”

The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee is on Chan­nel 10 at 6.30pm on Sun­days.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d457420

Beau Scad­dan (12) of Kal­la­roo with Grant Denyer. Beau has made it to the top 14.

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