July saw three world records being smashed at the fifth annual UK Schools Memory Championships held in prestigious Keyworth Centre in London, proudly sponsored by ThinkBuzan. The city of Sunderland dominated the top spots this year with five of the top ten competitors being from this area. The winner Mark Towers was the overall winner, recalling an amazing 155 words, 106 numbers, 21 fictional dates and 16 playing cards, giving him an overall score of 1448. Mark was also the first ever male to win, another achievement!
The School Memory Championships are always an extremely popular event and this year was no exception! The event engages students in the sport of memory, developing their mental skills and encouraging advancement in their studies.
This year’s pupils brought a healthy dose of competition to the Championships, with 91 contestants, 42 of which reaching the finals – almost double the amount of entrants compared to 2009! Of course, with more competitors comes more competition, and the students were more than able to step up to the challenge with exceptionally high scorers this year and three world records broken.
This year’s 15 Minutes Words’ section of the Championships saw a new World Record with Rhiannon Green of Stanley School of Technology recalling a record breaking 132 words, Michael Hainsworth of High Tunstall College of Science & Technology broke the world record for fictional events with 33 dates memorised. Finally, Kate Armstrong broke the world record for recalling shuffled playing cards with an outstanding 29 cards recalled.
Tony Buzan commented: “It’s amazing to witness the level of talent that has been demonstrated today. The sheer level of brainpower is fantastic!”
As one of the proud sponsors of the World Memory Championships, it was a great pleasure to award the Schools Memory Champion of 2011, Mark Towers, with a copy of iMindMap Ultimate with a full Resource Plus Pack as well as an iMindMap Ultimate Education Site License for his school so all of his fellow pupils can also benefit from the power of Mind Mapping.
Congratulations are also in order for first runner up, Daniel Holliday of City of Sunderland College, who finished with a total score of 1436 and second runner up, Kate Armstrong of Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form who scored 1310. Both of which also received the iMindMap software and a bundle of books. We suspect there’s something in the water for those Northerners as this year’s top 6 entrants all came from North East schools!
The Schools Memory Championships were founded by Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene OBE in 1991 with the objective of helping pupils to develop their mental skills and capacity using the very same techniques used by the top memorisers in the world.
This year, Tony Buzan was delighted to represent ThinkBuzan at the 2011 UK Schools Memory Championships in London, where the entrants were judged on five disciplines which are correlated directly from the World Memory Championships and combined with their school subjects:
Students were given 15 minutes to memorise a list of random numbers and given 20 minutes to recall.
Students were then given a selection of random simple nouns to memorise within 15 minutes and asked to recall them within 20 minutes.
The students were asked to memorise fictional events and historical dates in the given 5 minutes to recall them in 10 minutes.
Students are then asked to memorise a trail of binary digits within 5 minutes and asked to recall them in 10 minutes.
This portion involves the memorisation of a shuffled deck of cards against the clock, with a maximum of 5 minutes to recall.
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