With raw emotions, jittery nerves and no clue as to just how well she would do, Zoe Beaumont took to the stage for the state finals of the Australian Poetry Slam.
Ms Beaumont was sitting on the floor, playing with her phone when her named was called as the winner.
“I thought I came fourth when they didn’t call me third,” she said.
“I was absolutely stunned to win.”
Less than 24 hours later, she was competing in the national finals at the Sydney Opera House, where she placed in the top five in the country.
Ms Beaumont has been perfecting her skills through Wagga’s Raw Roar poetry slam competition.
She competed in the regional heats with Wagga’s Derek Motion and proceeded to the state finals.
Her poem, How To Love a Broken Person in Nine Easy Steps, gained praise from all who heard it.
She is hoping to take what she has learned from being in the Australian Poetry Slam and educate students in Wagga.