After six weeks and over 3,000 applicants, a nine-year-old Indian-origin boy Anirudh Kathirvel emerged as Australia’s new spelling champion, winning ‘The Great Australian Spelling Bee 2015’ competition. The competition featured Australia’s the top six young and brightest spellers aged between 8 - 13 years.
He won $50,000 education scholarship along with an additional $10,000 worth goods for his school. Anirudh said he could not believe his luck after winning the scholarship and asked his fellow spellers to “pinch” him. “I need to rub my eyes and see if this is a dream! Nope, Nope, Nope, Real, I can’t describe it. It’s like the best day of my life.”
Anirudh said that his favourite word in the completion that he was asked to spell was 'euouae' as he liked the structure of the word as, “it was the longest word with consecutive vowels”. Some of the other words, he was asked to spell were feuilleton, cephalalgia, ombrophobous, etc.
Anirudh, whose parents Mr. Prithiviraj and Ms. Sujatha migrated to Australia from Tamil Nadu, over 15 years ago, credited his parents for encouraging and helping him throughout to build up his spellings.
The Great Australian Spelling Bee is a Shine Australia production for Network Ten, hosted by Grant Denyer and Chrissie Swan.
Video Link of the Final Episode - 8th September, 2015