Wayne Summers was the champion of Series 24.
He was from the Channel Islands and first appeared at the tender age of 15 in the first heat of Series 24, beating fellow newcomer Bernadette Battman 73 – 41 (the champion's chair having been vacated at the end of Series 23). Summers would win four more heat games, including a close game against Deborah Rettie that was decided by a sudden death conundrum, before losing to his own father, Martin, 64 – 54 in his sixth game.
Summers' performances were enough to see him return for the final rounds as #3 seed, and after two close games against Ged O'Toole and Alan Payne in the quarter- and semi-final respectively, he found himself facing #8 seed Fiona Davies in the final. After a close-run game, Summers ran out the winner 67 – 47, and became the youngest ever series champion, a title he would hold for almost fifteen years until Conor Travers won Series 54 at a slightly younger age.
Summers returned at the start of 1993 for Championship of Champions VI, where he beat Phil Jordan and Fiona Willis on his way to the final against Chris Waddington. Summers won a close match 79 – 67 to become the sixth Champion of Champions.
Summers returned to Countdown one last time three years later, at the age of 20, for the Supreme Championship, where he received a seed into the group semi-finals. Unfortunately for Summers, he was defeated in his first game 59 – 39 by Hilary Hopper after a series of unfortunate missed words.
|Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions VI
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1263||29/06/1992||P||Bernadette Battman||41 – 73||Wayne Summers||Rula Lenska||Susie Dent||85|
|1264||30/06/1992||P||Robert Cockrell||36 – 39||Wayne Summers||Rula Lenska||Susie Dent||73|
|1265||1/07/1992||P||Deborah Rettie||45 – 55*||Wayne Summers||Rula Lenska||Susie Dent||66|
|1266||2/07/1992||P||Clive Dean||19 – 42||Wayne Summers||Rula Lenska||Susie Dent||77|
|1267||3/07/1992||P||Tracy Moore||33 – 46||Wayne Summers||Rula Lenska||Susie Dent||73|
|1268||6/07/1992||P||Martin Summers||64 – 54||Wayne Summers||Rula Lenska||Susie Dent||87|
|1323||21/09/1992||QF||Ged O'Toole||49 – 54||Wayne Summers||Simon Williams||Judy Pearsall||85|
|1326||24/09/1992||SF||Wayne Summers||42 – 41||Alan Payne||Simon Williams||Judy Pearsall||72|
|1327||25/09/1992||GF||Wayne Summers||67 – 47||Fiona Davies||Simon Williams, Jenny Hanley||Judy Pearsall||107|
|1330||6/01/1993||CQF||Wayne Summers||60 – 38||Phil Jordan||Richard Stilgoe||Susie Dent||73|
|1333||11/01/1993||CSF||Fiona Willis||51 – 52||Wayne Summers||Richard Stilgoe||Susie Dent||73|
|1334||12/01/1993||CGF||Chris Waddington||67 – 79||Wayne Summers||Richard Stilgoe||Susie Dent||117|
|1891||28/11/1996||fSF||Hilary Hopper||59 – 39||Wayne Summers||Richard Digance||David Swarbrick||71|
|Championship of Champions Winners|
I : Mark Nyman | II : Clive Freedman | III : Harvey Freeman | IV : Nic Brown | V : Tim Morrissey | VI : Wayne Summers | VII : Don Reid | VIII : Chris Rogers | IX : Natascha Kearsey | X : Scott Mearns | XI : Graham Nash | XII : Paul Gallen | XIII : Steve Briers | XIV : Dylan Taylor