Microsoft Excel world champion is British, of course

World Excel Champion - a great thing to have on your CV
World Excel Champion - a great thing to have on your CV

A 15-year-old school girl from Cambridgeshire has been crowned world Microsoft Excel champion, beating 228,000 other spreadsheet-loving hopefuls to the prize.

Yes, such a thing as the Excel World Championship does exist and of course the winner is British, what with our love of order and all.

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The contest takes place every year with regional heats providing ten finalists to take part in the Californian showdown.

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Rebecca Rickwood, who attends a specialist maths and computing school, performed timed tests using Excel 2007 without putting a foot wrong, earning her a score of 100 per cent.

"I heard my name read out in first place and I just couldn't believe it. I'm ecstatic," she said. "I just can't believe I won and now I'm world champion."

She was awarded the $5,000 prize money at a ceremony in San Diego; no doubt a glowing career in statistical analysis lies ahead.

From the BBC