South Indian origin boy Anirudh Kadirvel sweeps Australian spelling bee

A nine year old boy, Anirudh Kadirvel, whose parents originate from Tamilnadu, India, has won the Australia’s ‘The Great Australian Spelling Bee’ championship, held recently. He has won 50,000 dollars education scholarship and an impressive $10,000 worth of 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,” he said adding “Nope.Nope.Nope.Real. I can’t describe it. It’s like the best day of my life.”

Anirudh said his favourite word 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 I like to spell are feuilleton, cephalalgia, ombrophobous,” he said adding that he loves watching Indian movies.

Anirudh’s parents, Prithiviraj and Sujatha migrated from Tamil Nadu to Australia, 16 years ago. They said that Anirudh started reading from the age of 2. Gradually his passion for reading evolved into his love for words. His parents have been a great backbone; helped and supported him in building up his spelling command.

“My first spelling competition was when I was in grade 1. But my first year in the spelling competition was challenging.

“Gradually my confidence increased and I was pushing my spelling abilities to its limits. That’s how my spelling journey has begun,” Anirudh added.

– Spadman