Presented in recognition of the achievements of ASA co-founder Rudy Brandsma to an ASA member entrant who demonstrates outstanding potential.

2002 Sara Downs

Sara-DownsAward winning singer/songwriter Sara Downs is from the SE of South Australia. Given her first guitar at the age of 9 by a family friend, Sara has not stopped playing since. She started song writing at the age of 13 and has set her sights on a career in the entertainment industry. In 1999 she was the Under 13 Champion and Under 16 Gospel Champion of South Australia

Sara is currently the 2004 Under 16 Champion and Junior Champion of Champion in South Australia. Sara was a graduate of the SACCM country music mini college in 1998.

In 2004 she was the recipient of the inaugural ArtSA Cindy Shelton Memorial Scholarship allowing her to attend the first Tamworth Junior College ‘Camarata’

Sara has been astounding judges and members of the public from the age of 11, when she started her singing career entering talent quests and making public appearances across SA and interstate. Many people in the country music industry consider Sara to be one of the most promising young artists to come out of South Australia at this present time and is poised to become one of our great exports. Her main influences are The Beatles, John Farnham, Felicity, Kasey Chambers, The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban along with a variety of other artists. A multi-talented performer, Sara not only sings, but also plays acoustic and bass guitars, mandolin and keyboard. Currently Sara is a volunteer radio presenter at the local community radio station. She attends the local high school where she is actively enrolled in all areas of the performing arts.