What an achievement!
A seven-year-old girl from Singapore has earned herself the title of 2020 Oceania Pokémon VG Junior Champion via Pokémon Sword/Shield for the Switch.
— Play Pokémon (@playpokemon) February 23, 2020
As IGN reported, Simone Lim earned her title after beating last year’s Pokémon Oceania Junior Championship winner Justin Miranda-Radbord, an older opponent. Making her victory all the more impressive was that this was her “first competitive season and her first major tournament after winning in two regional tournaments”.
Lim’s win also caught the eye of esports consultant Rod Breslau. He noted that her achievement and ability to defeat older and more experienced opponents showed that “esports is for everyone”.
this morning 7-year old Simone Lim won a major Pokémon Junior Championship beating out a field of older more experienced kids, upsetting the tournament favorite champion #1 seed in the final, and doing so with an incredible read to earn her the title
esports is for everyone pic.twitter.com/5cUfsd5ZiQ
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) February 24, 2020
The 2020 Pokémon Oceania International Championships was held at Melbourne, Australia. You can watch the almost six-hour-long stream here.