Gympie High band Aiming High: Caitlyn Shadbolt, Kyle Salisbury, Brad Williams and Jake Whittaker
Gympie High band Aiming High: Caitlyn Shadbolt, Kyle Salisbury, Brad Williams and Jake Whittaker Contributed

Gympie talent next big thing

GYMPIE girl Stephanie Ward-Wrigley may just be the next big thing to break into the country music scene.

After taking out the top talent award in the under-13 section of Australian Country Music Festival’s Champion of Champions awards, the 12-year-old is fast becoming country music’s best up-and-coming talent in the state.

“Champs” is an annual talent competition held at the Kedron Wavell Services Club in Brisbane, where winners from talent competitions all over Queensland are invited to compete.

Stephanie qualified after placing third in the junior country rock section of the Bundy Easter Roundup talent competition earlier this year. And she wasn’t the only young musician from Gympie to achieve.

Dr Geoff Walden from the Australian Institute of Country Music said quite a number received an invitation.

“And while some returned home winners, they all finished the weekend with invaluable experiences,” he said.

Gympie High School band Aiming High competed in the open band section and was awarded second place, while St Patrick’s Year 12 student Brodie Holmes made it through to the finals of the male junior section (under 17 years) and was awarded second place.

Gympie High’s Caitlyn Shadbolt and Grace Sleeman won third in the junior duet section.

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