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Player Profile

Paul Cleary

Paul Cleary

3-times Australian National Champion

WSC Representative: 1991, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005
Trans Tasman Representative: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004

Age: 33
Occupation: Lawyer
Location: Sydney

WSC 2003 finish: 19th

Work & Study

Paul graduated in science and law (BSc/LLB) at Monash University, Melbourne. In his science degree, Paul majored in chemistry. His law degree focused on intellectual property law. Nowadays, Paul is a solicitor with Colonial First State Investments. He specialises in corporate superannuation law with a smattering of IT law.


Paul is a keen player at 'skat' — a German card game like bridge, but for three hands. It's pronounced SCART and is an allowable Scrabble word. Skat is highly strategic and involves Scrabble-like principles such as tracking, estimation of probability — and good luck!

Paul has an eclectic taste in music and also enjoys reading, especially books about science, history and spy novels. Or anything about the ins and outs of words in the English language. He is also partial to a drop of red wine while dining.

oving up

Paul started competing in Scrabble tournaments in Melbourne at the age of 16. Paul quickly progressed to Masters level. He moved to Sydney in 1996 and hasn't looked back since. Paul uses rigorous study techniques and plays Scrabble regularly.  Paul has also taught a 9-week evening course in Scrabble skills in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. 

Scrabble Highlights:

Australian rep at World Championships: 1991 (45th), 1997 (24th), 1999 (58th), 2001 (69th), 2003 (19th)
Australian Champion: 1997, 1999, 2000, runner-up 2004
Runner-up, Thai King's Cup 2001
3rd, Singapore World Scrabble Masters 1999
Australian rep, Trans Tasman Challenge: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004
NSW Winter Masters Champion: 1999–2001, 2005
NSW State Champion: 1999–2001; runner-up 2002


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