The write stuff earns Melville student load of footy gear

Pia Ashworth won the WA Football Commission’s Writing Competition.
Pia Ashworth won the WA Football Commission’s Writing Competition.

BUDDING Melville writer Pia Ashworth won herself a backpack full of Eagle-branded footy gear for winning the Year 3 category of the WA Football Commission’s Writing Competition.

Students were given an opening paragraph, written by East Fremantle footballer and published children’s author Timothy Bristow.

They were asked to produce a narrative of no more than 1000 words, building on the story starter.

It was Pia’s first competition win and she said it was unexpected.

Her story involved losing a game of footy to a friend who let her try again before her winning goal accidentally went into the window of a house where a woman with 1000 black cats tried to turn the players into cats.

It finished with a cliff-hanger as her friend started to grow a tail he tried to keep hidden from his mother.

“Writing is my favourite hobby,” Miss Ashworth told the Melville Times.

“I feel I should get into footy; I’m more of a netball girl,” she said of her winnings.

Miss Ashworth’s school, Melville Primary, was also given books from Penguin Random House and Mr Bristow will conduct a writing workshops at the school later in the year.

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