Tyson’s ready to square off against best in the world

FAST FINGERS: Tyson Fitzgerald, 13, getting his Rubik's cube practice in before he heads to the Arnold Classic for the speedcubing event next month. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
FAST FINGERS: Tyson Fitzgerald, 13, getting his Rubik's cube practice in before he heads to the Arnold Classic for the speedcubing event next month. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

After seeing someone playing with a Rubik’s cube on the bus a year and a half ago, Tyson Fitzgerald decided to try his hand at the puzzle. 

The 13-year-old is now one of 80 Rubik’s cube enthusiasts competing at the Arnold Classic in Melbourne next month in the speedcubing event. Tyson, whose personal best time is 18.41 seconds, says he’s excited and nervous for his first speedcubing competition. 

“I registered as soon as I could, all the spots were full after 47 minutes,” he said. “I’ll be going up against the guy who holds the world record.”

Tyson’s father, Daniel Fitzgerald, says he’s very proud of his son’s talent. “It blows me away, I don’t know where he got it from because I’ve never been able to do it,” he said.

“It’s been mind blowing watching the amount of algorithms that he has to memorize.”

Tyson says practice is the key to improving his time. “I want to try and get faster so I can travel to more competitions,” he said. 

This isn’t Tyson’s first time at the Arnold Classic, having come second in the karate competition last year.