DANIEL Wood from Old Beach recently finished runner-up in the southern inter-school chess competition.
Amazingly, Daniel said he had only been playing chess for 12 months. “This is my best result in a competition,” he said.
“I train to improve my strategies by using a computer program at home. This has helped me to develop skills in a short period of time but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
“I am really keen to do well in the state championships in October.”
Daniel is also one of two students selected from Claremont College to participate in a youth science conference at Monash University held in July.
Selection is very competitive and only five students from Tasmania are attending.
The conference, which is run by the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, gives students a great opportunity to meet and learn from eminent scientists from all over Australia.
Daniel plans to begin studying for a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Tasmania next year.
“I hope to gain a broader knowledge of careers in science and make connections with other scientists,” Daniel said.
When he is not studying and working out a new strategy for chess Daniel is an accomplished runner, track and field athlete, white-water kayaker and bike rider. He represents the college regularly in running and adventure sport races.
If all this isn’t enough to keep him active Daniel works part-time at the Hobart Aquatic Centre as a lifeguard.
“I believe if you want something badly enough you can work hard and achieve it.” It is amazing how much he squeezes into a busy schedule.