Getting up on stage can be a hard task for many of us. For Lewiston resident, Tameka Simons, 15, who suffers from dyslexia, taking part in the Balaklava Eisteddfod in August was a nerve-wracking experience but one which saw her win the sub-intermediate vocal solo category.
Tameka sang a lovely rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s popular song “Breakaway”, and also entered in the poetry competition, where the softly spoken teenager read a self-penned poem titled “Life”.
“It’s about the things that happen in life,” Tameka said. “You start off, you have to find your place in the world, where you fit … and how you can get lost.”
Tameka placed equal fourth overall in this section and gained some confidence in the process.
“It was a good experience,” she said. “My mum suggested it. I was nervous, but it was fun.”
Tameka has been writing poetry since she was about nine years old and was a member of the Two Wells Primary School choir.
Currently in Year 9 at Urrbrae Agricultural High School, Tameka was part of the school’s specialist “7 plus 7” vocal group which performed at Adelaide Festival Theatre on Tuesday, September 17.