From Widgee to the world
THE world will be watching when Scott Astill competes in the prestigious World Championships of Performing Arts held in Hollywood next week.
The charismatic singer/songwriter from Widgee was invited to join the Australian team, which flies out from Brisbane on Monday for Los Angeles, California.
Scott was stoked to have a ticket, because of the cost involved, and thanked a number of small businesses in Gympie for making his dream a reality.
Scott was selected by judges in a worldwide search after a talent scout spotted him performing at a concert in Maryborough. He will compete in six events at WCOPA – the only series of competitions to find and crown the best aspiring performing artists on earth.
Over the course of a heated week of events, he will go head-to-head “Olympic-style” in each category where there will be a fierce contest of skills to see who is truly the most accomplished in the world. If he wins he will receive a gold medal which brings with it the respect and admiration of people around the world along with potentially a career opportunity of a lifetime. A total of $130,000 in scholarships is also awarded.
Besides a couple of competitors from the Fraser Coast, Scott is so far the only person from this part of the country on the team.