From songs to drama, the Griffin clan?s tops

SIBLINGS Talia, 17, Riley, 13, and Braedy Griffin, 10, are natural-born entertainers.

The trio recently stole the show at the 17th Rockhampton Eisteddfod gala concert at the Pilbeam Theatre.

Talia won the drama 16 and under 18 years section and was also named most outstanding performer, among other awards.

Riley and Braedy also tasted success in numerous categories, including the vocal duet under 14 years.

When you look behind the scenes, their achievements are hardly surprising.

All developed a passion for entertaining at a young age ? something the longstanding patrons of the local rugby club, just around the corner from the family's Mac-gregor Street home, will testify to.

It was there as young children with microphone in hand that their talents were first evident.

Their mother, Tonya, re-members those days: "Braedy used to have to sing the same song three times because it was the only one he knew.

"There was always a standing ovation.''

And Braedy has never been backward in coming forward, as his father, Brian, will attest.

About 12 months ago, Braedy underwent major surgery for a congenital narrowing of the aorta.

A large scar on his back is a permanent reminder.

"He shows all the girls and says it was a shark bite,'' Mr Griffin said.

"When he started taking off his shirt at the rugby club that's when we had to stop it.''

The Griffin boys maintain an interest in sports.

They hope to continue to be involved in the arts, as does sister Talia, who hopes to enrol in a speech pathology university course.



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