The youth talent program which has stars like Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan and Paulini is at it again.
Mayor of Bankstown, Councillor Khal Asfour, said 17-year-old Sinead Lee has taken out the prestigious Roselands Talent Quest.
“In fact, Bankstown’s Talented Advancement Program (TAP) provided three of the eight finalists with Sinead, Lauren Ojurovic Britney Trevithick,” Mayor Asfour said.
Sinead was surprised when her name was read out as the winner and handed a $3,000 cheque.
“It was a huge shock, I never thought I’d win,” Sinead said.
Sinead who sang Beyonce’s hit Listen in the final, plans to use her winnings wisely.
“I need to pay off my schoolies bill but I’m sure I’ll have a little something left over for myself,” Sinead said.
The 17-year-old student is hoping to attend the Australian Institute of Music next year to build on the expert tuition received from TAP Directors Kerry Sebio, Wendy Tierney and Helen Payne.
“They’ve been great in encouraging us to just get out there and have a go performing in front of crowds,” Sinead said.
“I’m now thinking about auditioning for the Voice on Channel 9.”
It’s been a big week for Bankstown’s TAP performers, with 17-year-old Heather Riley named the Local Government Superstar after her performance at a recent state-wide conference.
Mayor Asfour said Heather has also been chosen by the Department of Education and Communities to record a song for Education Week.
“Heather was a featured performer in last year’s Schools Spectacular, while three other students have received final call-backs for this year’s event,” Mayor Asfour said.
“On top of that, our students have been hosting and performing with a group of vocalists from our sister city of Broken Hill at various venues including Darling Harbour.”
Bankstown’s TAP performers feature on the entertainment bill at a number of high-profile events throughout the state and have once again been asked to showcase their vocal talents at the NSW Parliament Charity Ball later this year.
TAP will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in November when most of its past stars, including Paulini and Shaun Rennie who were part of the first program in 2002, will return for a reunion.