Chloe Timms gets a congratulatory kiss from mum Mara, after her star turn
Chloe Timms gets a congratulatory kiss from mum Mara, after her star turn

Evans abuzz over its super speller

By ADAM CAREY

SUPER speller, Chloe Timms, said she was excited at the prospect of her new-found fame after her star turn in the final of the NSW Premier's Spelling Bee.

But the cameras and the cheering crowd proved no distraction for the pint-sized wordsmith, who sailed through to the 16th round of the competition on Wednesday to win second prize, K-3 division.

Yesterday the Year 2 student from Evans River K-12 school was back in the classroom after her big Sydney trip.

Chloe said she had practiced and practiced in preparation for the spellathon.

For the record, when she finally got a word wrong it was 'rhapsody', while the winner clinched the title by correctly spelling 'intrigue'.

Proud mum, Mara, said her seven-year-old daughter's bookish ways began when she was only two, imitating her bookworm bigger brother.

These days, Mara admit- ted, Chloe was such a keen reader it could be a fight to get her to turn the light off and go to sleep.

Chloe said her current favourite book was about Selby, a talking dog who has to keep his special talents secret from grown-ups.

As for Chloe, her talents are no secret ? she's the toast of Evans River.



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