Grand stage beckons for local girl Krystel




WHILE she wont be pulling on the green and white jersey of the Ipswich Jets to play in the grand final decider Krystel Spark will still be representing her city this Sunday afternoon.


The Yamanto resident has been asked to sing the Australian National Anthem before the kick-off of the Intrust Super Cup grand final and is thrilled to have the opportunity to sing in front of such a big crowd.


I am sure there will be a few nerves knowing that the performance is televised, but Im confident that the thrill of singing in front of so many people and a fantastic atmosphere will make it a very aesthetic and enjoyable performance for me, Krystel said.


Beginning her vocal training at the age of five the now 19-year-old Krystel has competed in many local and state eisteddfods and has also performed in a number of musicals.


In the past few years I have started my own music business as a vocal teacher and I now have over 20 private students Im also a music teacher at Performance Plus Dance Centre, she said.


I am very passionate about nurturing the musical growth of young children as I study Early Childhood Education at University.


The daughter of Craig Spark who played in three Brisbane Rugby League grand finals in 1988 and 1989 with the Ipswich Jets and in 1994 for the victorious Redcliffe Dolphins Krystel is a keen follower of rugby league and it is something which runs in the family.


Her grandfather Neville Spark is a life member of the West End Rugby League Football Club, while her other grandfather Jim Landy is a life member of the Ipswich Jets and is heavily involved with the Intrust Super Cup side.


Her little brother Logan (pictured) is a ball boy for the Jets and also plays club footy for the Northern Suburbs Tigers. He was a member of the Under 11 Ipswich Diggers team that toured Maitland earlier this year.


As you can see I have grown up in a passionate and proud rugby league family which makes this opportunity very special, Krystel said.


Destined to be a life-long Ipswich Jets fan Krystels vocal chords will get a workout of a different kind when she cheers on the local side in the FOGS Cup match against the Tigers on grand final day.


In the main game however she is simply happy to watch a good game of rugby league.


I will definitely be cheering for the Jets FOGS team, (but) Ill be happy for whoever wins the (Intrust Super Cup) grand final as the Jets Cup team will always be my favourite!