The amazing kids who’ve made the latest edition of Guinness World Records
Sep 20, 2021
Kids have played a starring role in the weird and wonderful record-setting achievements captured in the latest Guinness World Records.
From the youngest magazine editor to a basketball and spelling prodigy* with the most bounces in 30 seconds, the Guinness World Records 2022 edition showcases some of the globe’s most amazing young people.
It is the first time the book has included a “Young Achievers” section, with a “question and answer” segment delving into their record-breaking feats* and what motivates them.
Let’s take a look at some of these world record whiz kids and some of the questions they answered in Guinness World Records 2022: Sydney (Australia) girl Roxanne Downs, 11, made the book as the world’s youngest magazine editor.
She became editor of It GiRL in 2017 at the age of 8 and has seen the magazine’s readership* grow since then. It has been a big year for American teenager Zaila Avant-garde. The 14-year-old became the first African American to win the prestigious* US Scripps National Spelling Bee in July.
But that’s not why she has made the latest Guinness World Records. Zaila, who is also a super basketballer who hopes to one day make the WNBA*, set the record for the most bounce juggles in one minute (four basketballs), achieving 255 bounces.
She’s also set the most bounces in 30 seconds (four basketballs) at 307 bounces, and equalled the world record for the most basketballs dribbled at once, bouncing six balls. Other “Young Achievers” in the latest edition of Guinness World Records include 11-year-old Brazilian skateboarder Gui Khury who performed the first 1080 on a vertical ramp, Chinonso Eche, also aged 11 from Nigeria, who did the most consecutive* soccer ball touches in one minute while balancing a second ball on his head and 15-year-old US scientist and inventor Gitanjali Rao who in 2020 was named Time magazine’s first “Kid of the Year”.