SIX word-wise Perth youngsters are heading to Malaysia this month for an international Scrabble competition.
Wembley resident Liana Aho, Canning Vale’s Aditya Bose-Mandal, Joondanna’s Rahul Jegatheva, Kaustav Bhowmick of Darch and Butler siblings Sharvin and Shireeya Jeyendran will represent Australia in the competition.
The national team of nine will be among 200 scrabble players under 17 years old competing at the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association Youth Cup in Kuala Lumpur from November 27-29.
“This is a talented team of promising junior West Australian players and we wish them all the very best in Malaysia,” Australian Scrabble Players Association of WA president Graham Bell said.
“We hope they continue the great scrabble tradition established in WA, and hope to see more and more young people take up the game.”
Vice president Jay Jay Jegathesan said the “super-six” dressed in green and gold would be the biggest WA contingent attending a world youth scrabble competition outside the State, as Perth hosted the 10th youth cup at UWA in 2015.
“With a full team of nine, this is also the biggest Australian contingent for a world championships held outside of Australia, as we had two in Dubai (UAE) in 2013, two in Colombo (Sri Lanka) in 2015 and four in Lille (France) in 2015,” he said.
Liana, Aditya, Rahul and Sharvin attend Perth Modern School, while Kaustav is a Shenton College student and Shireeya goes to Loreto Nedlands Primary School.