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Player Profile

Esther Perrins

Esther Perrins

Former World Championship player

WSC Representative: 1997, 1999
Trans Tasman Representative: 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004

Age: 44
Occupation: Mother of four
Location: Sydney

When did it all begin?

Scrabble has always been part of Esther's life. In fact, she can't remember life before she was able to play the game. She first played with her brother Russell – not just the occasional game – marathon sessions every Sunday. After he won the British National Championship she began to wonder how she might fare. Russell moved out of home and Esther moved to Bristol to work and carry on her hobby of bellringing. She first entered the British Nationals in 1983 – and surprisingly won the South West Regional. But she bombed out in the final as one of her opponents happened to be a rising youngster called Mark Nyman.

Esther met Mark again later that year while competing in the TV show Countdown. They played each other in the semi-final and she lost again! Since that time they have remained firm friends. This was helped by his move to Bristol Uni – so they got to play many games of Scrabble there. They were both founding members of the Pill Scrabble Club which went on to win the English Club Championships.

UK achievements

She won the Northern Regional of the National Championships in 1985 and went on to win the Nationals with a record breaking 3 game total of 1782 (almost 600 per game). This was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records for 1986. It must be noted is that in those days the UK system was determined by "high score" so winning tournaments really depended on how open your opponent played.

Esther played in the first "professional" tournament in England. Eight top players from around the country were invited to Somerset to play for prize money (a thing unheard of in England) which caused a reasonable amount of controversy.

In 1986, Esther won the Postal Scrabble Club weekend tournament in Scarborough (12 games).

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Back to Oz

Esther moved back to Australia in June 1986 (she was born here but moved to England while very young).

She has continued to play in Australia when family commitments have allowed. She didn’t play at all for nearly 3 years from the end of 1990 and it's thanks to a phone call from Bob Jackman one day that got her back into things. Luckily, her husband Bill is reasonably supportive and has been to tournaments on a few occasions bringing children to be breastfed between games!

Both Esther and her brother Russell competed in the World Championships in Melbourne. She represented Australia, while he represented England. They were never drawn to play each other!


Scrabble highlights

  • World Scrabble Championships – 1997 (31st).
  • Australian rep, Trans Tasman Challenge: 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004.
  • Played in tournaments in Singapore, Malaysia and Bangkok.
  • Australian National Championships:
    Finished 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th.
  • Sydney Masters Champion 1990, 1997
  • NSW Championships Runner-up: 1994, 1995
  • Sydney Marathon Champion, 1994, 1993 (5 days before giving birth to her third child).
  • Sydney Marathon Runner-up: 1997, 1998
  • Beecroft Marathon Champion: 2002, 2003
  • NSW Winter Masters Runner-up 2000, 2003




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