Tim’s a wiz with words

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Char­lotte Lam

ON MON­DAY night, Aus­tralia met bright and light-hearted lo­cal boy Ti­mothy on the pre­miere of The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee.

Swing­ing on a ham­mock in his school uni­form with a book in his hands, he told the en­tire na­tion just how much he loved to read, which he says is what makes him one of the best spell­ers among Aus­tralian chil­dren.

On Mon­day’s episode, Ti­mothy was one of 52 chil­dren from 20,000 ap­pli­cants bat­tling it out on na­tional tele­vi­sion.

Host Grant Denyer said Ti­mothy had “the big­gest smile in the world” as the ea­ger 11-year-old made his way up to the mi­cro­phone to spell his first word, “con­tin­gent”, per­fectly. Soon enough he had to say good­bye to his friends Blake and Jye, as he had earned a spot in the Top 26. On Tues­day night, a slightly ner­vous Ti­mothy had to rely on his self-de­scribed “messy hand­writ­ing” to se­cure his spot af­ter fail­ing to make the top 10 in a Speed Spell. His writ­ing pre­vailed, cor­rectly spell­ing “cre­ta­ceous” and even out­smart­ing host Chrissie Swan. The Whit­sun­day Times met up with Ti­mothy this week, and he said there was also lots of pizza and af­ter-par­ties dur­ing the film­ing of the show down in Syd­ney. Watch Ti­mothy next Mon­day and Tues­day at 7.30pm on Chan­nel Ten.

LIT­TLE STAR: Eleven-year-old Ti­mothy is wow­ing Aus­tralia with his abil­ity to spell.

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