A penchant for puzzle-solving has led a Gore boy to win a game-show competition.
Noah McGarry was a contestant in an episode of the TVNZ 2 show Brain Busters which aired last Wednesday.
The 13-year-old won against three other young competitors from around the country, taking home $250 in prize money.
Maths was his chosen speciality subject and for one of the competition’s five rounds, he was asked only maths questions.
“I like working out number problems,” Noah said.
He prepared by watching the types of maths questions asked in other episodes.
This paid off when he had a question on factorial numbers, which are numbers multiplied by the numbers beneath them.
“I’m pleased I looked up how to do that.”
His Brain Busters journey began after he watched the show in the July school holidays.
“It seemed easy at home. I thought I could probably do OK.
“I decided I’d apply one day.”
An online quiz was the first step in the selection process.
After he scored 97%, a flurry of email and video calls followed, resulting in Noah’s journey to Christchurch to take part in the show in late August.
However, no-one except his family was allowed to know until the episode aired.
Then the secret was out. He had some friends over to watch the episode when it aired and his maths teacher at Gore High School planned to play the episode in class.
The experience was “very, very nerve-racking.”
“All the cameras are on and you know you’re going to be on TV.”
However, as the day went on he began to feel more comfortable.
Having had a taste of victory, he would like to go on other game shows.
“I want to go on The Chase when I’m older.”
Mother Adele McGarry said she knew her son had the potential to do well in the competition.
“He likes maths and he’s good at it,” Mrs McGarry said.
“He did a good job. I’m pretty proud.”