Kathy Spence, a 16-year-old from Scarborough, entered a texting competition on a whim while shopping at the Scarborough Town Centre.

She got a call a few weeks later letting her know she was in the finals.

In front of a cheering crowd and the neon billboards of Yonge-Dundas Square yesterday, she beat contestants from across the country and won herself $25,000.

“I’m a big sneaker freak," she said.

“I love Converse, Nike, all that stuff. So I’m probably going to buy myself some shoes.”

Spence, who will be entering Grade 12 in September at Wexford Collegiate, also said she’s going to save for university.

Contestants in the LG Texting Championships texted lengthy and complex phrases and were judged on speed and accuracy.

Spence correctly typed this phrase faster than her competitors, featuring the famous nonsensical term from Mary Poppins, “Of course you can say it backwards, which is Suoicodilaipxecitsiligarfilacrepus!”
“I haven’t texted anyone yet, the only people who know are my family,” Spence said. But her father, Roy Spence, corrected her, “Your grandmother just called and said you were all over the TV.”

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