Coun­try mu­sic awards loom

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

At age 16 Sum­mer Ratima Thomp­son is well on her way to achiev­ing singing suc­cess. Sum­mer is com­pet­ing in the New Zealand Coun­try Mu­sic Awards this week at the Ro­torua Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

She will sing two songs where she will vie for the right to win the in­ter­me­di­ate sec­tion. Sum­mer will rep­re­sent her mu­sic club Forest­land Va­ri­ety Mu­sic Club.

Sum­mer who at­tends For­est View High School is ex­cited about the awards.

‘‘I’m ner­vous and ex­cited I can’t wait.’’

Forest­land Pres­i­dent Gaynor Ngapo is ex­cited about Sum­mer’s de­but.

‘‘We are so proud of Sum­mer, she’s a great en­ter­tainer and to have her rep­re­sent our club na­tion­ally is just awe­some.

‘‘We’ll all be there in sup­port as she wows the crowd.’’

Sum­mer has only been singing for a few years but al­ready in this time has ex­celled, hav­ing par­taken in Rock­quest over the years and singing at church. She also plays a mean gui­tar with the sup­port of her fa­ther Gor­don Thomp­son an­other gui­tarist at Forest­land Va­ri­ety Mu­sic Club.

Gor­don has been an in­spi­ra­tion to Sum­mer and sup­ports all she does.

Men­tor and singing coach Keinan Ngapo ex­pects great things from his tal­ented stu­dent.

‘‘We’ve been work­ing on the finer in­tri­ca­cies of her singing, her pitch, dic­tion and clar­ity as well as stage pre­sen­ta­tion all of which you need to be at the top of your game in or­der to place in this pres­ti­gious award.’’

Hav­ing been a con­tes­tant nu­mer­ous times in this award, Mr Ngapo is ex­cited for Sum­mer and the club.

‘‘We’ve not had a singer of this cal­i­bre make it in the fi­nals since the 90s and so this will be a great event and spec­ta­cle to watch. We wish Sum­mer all the best and know she will do well.’’

Sum­mer would like to thank her fam­ily and the Forest­land club for all their sup­port.

The En­ter­tainer of the Year Mu­sic Awards will be held Satur­day Novem­ber 26 in Ro­torua.

CEN­TRE STAGE: Sum­mer Ratima Thomp­son is dis­play­ing her singing prow­ess on a national stage.

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