Inverloch’s Hannah McKittrick has been chosen to sing the national anthem at the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship, Swann round at Phillip Island this weekend – the record 25th running of the event.
The 18 year old, who was dux of Wonthaggi Secondary College last year, arrived at the Grand Prix circuit yesterday for a quick rehearsal and caught up with Australian wild card for the world superbikes, Eltham’s Jed Metcher on Gardner Straight.
“I feel really privileged to have been asked to take part in such an iconic international event that takes place in our local community,”
Said Hannah, standing on the start line where she will sing Advance Australia Fair.
“This opportunity is so exciting! I can’t wait to sing in an event of this magnitude.
“Standing on the track, I could already feel the energetic atmosphere. It is infectious.
I can’t wait to perform our national anthem on Sunday.”
Hannah is in the process of moving to Melbourne where she has accepted an offer to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Music (Jazz and Improvisation) majoring in voice with the Victorian College of the Arts.
Additionally to VCE, she also passed her Australian Music Examination Board 7th Grade exam with Honours.
Hannah has also been fortunate to have been given many opportunities to perform in her supportive local community, including singing the national anthem at the Alberton grand final and at the Bass Coast Foundation Young Performer’s Dinner, as well as on a wider scale, performing in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular in the orchestra. Being mentored by her vocal coach Kirk Skinner for a number of years has been instrumental in the development of both Hannah’s technique and her confidence, and she looks forward to the challenge and adventure of pursuing music at a tertiary level.