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World Quizzing Championships

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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at
Okay all you trivia buffs, it's time to put Australia at least into the top twenty smartest countries in the world. According to the results over the last 7 years, we're not there yet.

First held in 2003, The World Quizzing Championships is an annual quiz contest held simultaneously in over 66 locations all over the world. The first ever event was held on Saturday 5 July at Villa Park, Birmingham, England. There were just 44 competitors, and people said that an international quiz competition wasn't possible.

This year, the turnout is expected to top 2,000 and the event continues to grow each year.

This is no pub trivia contest either. We know how passionate trivia nuts are, but this is the Big Kahuna. This is serious stuff. More like an HSC exam - so if you never sat that stressful test, then you may like to have a crack at this.

Serious business

Setting the questions for the World Quizzing Championships is a nine month process involving scores of people and an enormous and complicated task. Obviously, the questions have to be equally available to everyone in the world, and every region taking part has to be covered fairly.

The painstaking task involves the skills of a number of members of the International Quiz Association represented all over the world. Chris Jones (IQA GB), Arko Olesk (IQA Estonia), Anurakshat Gupta (IQA India), Paul Bailey (IQA USA) and Paul Paquet (IQA Canada), under the leadership of Steven De Ceuster, one of the first ever participants (IQA Belgium) set the questions. There have been 1,105 questions written this year, of which only 240 will be selected.

Once the questions have been written, they are distributed to an even wider panel of judges from all over the world. The top scoring questions are then in the final selection. Once approved, they are translated into 11 languages.

The questions cover 8 categories: Culture, Entertainment, History, Lifestyle, Media, Sciences, Sport & Games, and World. There are 120 questions and 2 parts to the competition.

As with any competition there are rules. And don't worry if you can't spell, because phonetically correct answers are fine. 'This is a test of your knowledge NOT spelling.'

The overall highest scoring player from all participating venues will be the IQA's World Quizzing Champion 2011, i.e. the player who scores the best seven marks out of eight possible categories.

This is the quiz to end all quizzes, with participants from all over Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Pacific Regions. Come on Aussies - we can't let the Brits and the Belgians win this thing every year! This will be our fifth year of participation, so we need to make a big impression.

They don't look so smart to me...

Where: St George Leagues Club - Princes Highway Kogarah
When: Sat 4th June
6.45pm for registration
7.15pm to begin - finish approx 10.30pm
Entry costs $20

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Why? Because we need to show the world how smart we are
When: Saturday June 4th
Where: St. George Leagues Club, Princes Highway Kogarah
Cost: $20 to enter
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