AICM students The Bandicoots (from left) Jess Fox, Jasper Barr (lead guitar), Ben Wight (drums) and Jake Reid (Bass) will be competing in Gympie’s Got Talent this year.
AICM students The Bandicoots (from left) Jess Fox, Jasper Barr (lead guitar), Ben Wight (drums) and Jake Reid (Bass) will be competing in Gympie’s Got Talent this year. Smugmug

Gympie's Got Talent quest

GYMPIE has talent – and you can see just how much when you head down to Centro Gympie tomorrow night and check out the contenders in the first Gympie’s Got Talent heat.

Organised by Leanne Heck and Melissa Hooper, this year the competition has already drawn some familiar faces, with acts going for a repeat performance and another chance at winning the top prize.

But more entrants are needed, so get your registration forms in to Centro Gympie Centre Management.

This year, funds raised from the event will go towards Brekkie Klubs in the region.

As a part of the Christian Family Church, Ms Heck runs Brekkie Klubs in James Nash State High School, Two Mile and Chatsworth state schools.

“MBF said last year 42 per cent of children were sent to school one or more days on an empty stomach and breakfast is important for kids’ learning,” Ms Heck said of the reasons behind the start of Brekkie Klub.

She said teachers and principals at the schools participating were positive about the Klub and would like it to operate more often. “We just don’t have the resources to do more.”

Ms Heck said last year’s Gympie’s Got Talent, which is a spin-off from the hit television show, was so successful they decided to have another crack this year.

Last year’s final was a sell-out, with more than 400 people in the audience. Tickets to this year’s final will be available from Optus in a few weeks.

Competitors ranged from young and old, singer/songwriters, belly dancers and group acts like skipping troupes last year, and Ms Heck hopes to see more of the same this year.

She encourages people with any talent to get up on stage – which will be in front of Big W this year – and have their “15 minutes of fame”.

So it’s time to practise your hidden talents for the chance to win a share of $1500 of prizes.

Heats will be held on July 22, 29 and August 5 from 6.30pm. The grand final will be at the Civic Centre on Saturday, August 14.

Those less gifted can still get involved by cheering on their family and friends, or just head down and check out Gympie’s talented residents and the Gone in 60 Seconds comp held in between acts.

Ms Heck said Gone in 60 Seconds would resemble games on the TV show Minute to Win It.

For information call 5482 9840.

Gympie Times


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