A LOVE for drawing has led seven-year-old Sarah Xing to become a published illustrator.
The Year 2 Padbury Primary School student was recently named a winner of Therapy Focus’s annual state-wide Help a Child Grow Art Competition.
Each year, the not-for-profit disability service provider releases a book that features characters with disabilities and messages of inclusion and invites WA primary school students to choose one page to illustrate.
Five finalists for each page were chosen and displayed at shopping centres.
The public then voted for the 20 winners whose work would be published in the finished book See Me, written by Tracey Defty-Rashid.
Deputy principal Kim Atkins said Sarah was “very excited”.
“She loves drawing; whenever she has spare time she wants to draw,” she said.
“I’m very proud of her; it was quite amazing to have a finalist let alone a winner.”
She said it was the first year the school had taken part, so having a winning entry was unexpected.
Ms Atkins said the competition was valuable in educating children about disabilities and encouraging under- standing and acceptance of students with special needs.
Other local winning students were Kaitlin Lim, of Lake Joondalup Baptist College, and Quinns Beach Primary School’s Kavana Collins.