Laura Kane notches up decade on stage at eisteddfod
GLADSTONE City Eisteddfods are second nature to Laura Kane, the 16-year-old celebrating 10 years of competition in 2014.
Laura, who is in Year 11 at Chanel College, loves speech and drama and enters into almost all the categories for which she's eligible each year.
She said it was not about winning, but trying your hardest.
"I like the honour of being able to share a stage with people who enjoy the same thing as you," she said.
"I love being able to express a piece of yourself on the stage.
"It's about having fun and trying to do your best."
Juggling Year 11 with her speech commitments is not an easy task, but Laura can't see it not being part of her life. She is dedicated.
"I have biology in one hand and speech and drama in the other. It's pretty crazy.
"Everything you do in the eisteddfod you can use in everyday life after school.
"Eisteddfod is something that you continue to do for a while. I want to go to uni at UQ in Brisbane but I will keep doing eisteddfods there," she said.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys playing piano and writing poetry, but she is still young at heart when it comes to looking the part for her performances.
"Mum does my make-up (for the eisteddfod)," she said.
"You can be 16 and still enjoy dressing up!"