Thirroul’s William Haynes is a remarkable nine year old.
He’s a Rubiks Cube whiz- completing the complex puzzle in a under a minute.
In April, William will travel to Canberra to take part in the World Cube Association championships.
Mum Nardin says she bought the cube as a present late last year and before long, Will was hooked.
“Cubing is a daily activity for Will,” says Nardin. “It’s always in his hand.
“By Day 2 he could do a side, then he started investigating all the algorithms, and the records!”
Despite being in Year 4, Will can explain the algorithm confidently.
“When you’re solving the cube you do one side, then you have fifteen different algorithms to follow during the process. The further you go into the process, the different algorithms you can choose from. There’s lots of memorising involved.”
Will says he’ll take part in a few different events which see the cubes scrambled and hidden inside a container.
“Competitors are allowed to look at the cube for 15 seconds to determine what needs to be done before the timer is started. There’s even a one-handed event,” he says.
“You have to make sure your fingers are warm,” says Will, “so they move as fast as possible.”
And this Thirroul Public School student says there’s a lot to love about cubing.
“When you solve the cube there’s a sense of accomplishment, and I like the challenge of racing against the clock. I’ve also been told you make a lot of friends at these events so I’m really looking forward to building relationships.”
The World Cube Association event will be held at The Vikings Tuggeranong, ACT on April 21-22.