An international adjudicator has been blown away by the standard of young Border actors at a postponed speech and drama competition in Albury.
Jill Tucker has overseen eisteddfods right across Australia and abroad and said some of the talent on display at the two-day event "would more than hold their own" at top national events.
"In the 16 years and under, it was very strong competition and they've been very polished performers as well," Ms Tucker said.
"We've seen mimes, readings, character recitals, poetry. There's been a variety of work.
"This morning we saw under-sixes, so to start something like this at such a young age is beneficial because they don't necessarily get the thought of stage fright at this age.
"They get the skills and familiarity with it before that kicks in.
"You want to encourage them and reinforce their skills to build up their confidence so they can grow and continue on.
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"I think it's important to try and keep these events going if we can because it gives a focus for the children to work towards.
"We're building the communicators of the future. With so much online involvement, I think learning these skills is going to set these children and adults apart as they continue."
The program, organised by Border speech and drama teacher Jan Skinner, was put back from August to September due to regional lockdowns in NSW and Victoria.
Meanwhile, COVID restrictions again forced the River of Stories writing competition for school students to conclude with an online presentation ceremony on Tuesday.
The winners were as follows:
Short Stories Competition
Lucy Boyd, Trinity Anglican College - Fall of Doom
Addison Mark, St Patrick's Parish School Albury - Lulu's Environmental Adventure
Charlie Pinard, Catholic College Wodonga - Imagine
Jaz Tutt, Catholic College Wodonga - The day that killed tomorrow
Arwen Cropley,Beechworth Secondary College - Spring
Alec Giannone, Victory Lutheran College - When my Heart Smiles
Semia May, St Francis of Assisi Primary School - Patience
Rosie Franzke, Mt Beauty Secondary College - On the Holidays
Abbey Quinlan, Victory Lutheran College - A Ballad of things we (should) love
Ava Kennett, Tallangatta Secondary College - The Beginning
The event, part of Write Around the Murray, is normally held at the Albury Library Museum and has been organised by the Albury Hume Rotary Club since 2003.
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