Meet Reeno Chin. The eight-year-old recently beat over 1,200 participants from 20 countries around the world to be crowned as the Grand Champion of an international math competition in Moscow, Russia.
The boy, who represented Malaysia in the contest, made the nation proud when he emerged as the ultimate winner in the Level 5 Aloha Mental Arithmetic International Competition on 22 July.
Reeno's achievement is no small feat as the Year Two pupil of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Bandar Seri Botani could easily answer 70 math questions correctly within five minutes without using a calculator.
At a tender age of eight, the young boy showed his sheer determination to succeed.
Even when Reeno was feeling unwell, he fought sickness to compete for the grand champion title.
According to Reeno's mother, Wong Pui Si, her son fell sick before the competition but he refused to give up.
"Before we left for Moscow for the competition on 22 July, he was down with high fever and vomiting. I had wanted to cancel the plan of him participating but he insisted," Pui Si was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.
Bernama reported Pui Si as saying that Reeno, the youngest of two sons, began to show an interest in mathematics when he was only five
"He's like any other normal kid who has time to play and has time to study, but I never forced him to do math exercises.
"I just limited their time for entertainment, at home I have no television there was only radio and computer or video games that can be played only once a month," Pui Si said when met by reporters at the office of the Perak Education, Science, Environment, Green Technology and Information Committee chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Bari yesterday, 30 July.
According to Sinar Harian, Reeno and his family paid a visit to Abdul Aziz's office as a gesture of thanks to the state government for sponsoring Reeno's trip to Russia for the competition.
Reeno also received an additional RM500 incentive during the visit.
Congratulations, Reeno! Keep up the good work!
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