SUMMER could be a washout as far as this creative youngster is concerned.
Tara Choudhury, a Year Seven student from Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, recently made a splash in the world of design when she entered a national footwear competition.
Retail giant Wynsors World of Shoes challenged young people from all over the country to create a show-stopping design for a pair of Wellington boots.
And Tara’s colourful festival themed creations featuring grass, fluffy clouds and musical notes impressed the judges.
The 11-year-old fought off stiff competition to be crowned overall winner and was handsomely rewarded for her efforts.
Tara, from Carleton, not only had her design made into a striking waterproof reality, she received a £50 voucher and a voucher for her Thornton school.
She told The Gazette: “I was so excited when I found out I had won, I think the wellies look really good.
“I had almost forgotten about the competition so it was a really nice surprise to find out my design had won.
“I wasn’t sure how it would look being put onto an actual boot but I was really pleased with it.
“I have been hoping for rain almost so I can wear them more.”
Tara’s design may even be available to buy in the shops later this year if her boots get approval from company bosses.
In total 50 art and design students from the Belvedere Road school entered the competition to design the winning pair which will be sold at Wynsors shoes.
Art and design teacher Peter Cooper said: “The standard of work produced by the students was outstanding, with creative and imaginative ideas incorporated in the design.
“Tara’s chosen design was exceptional however, we are very proud of her.”
In fact the welly competition is not the only win Tara has had in recent months.
She recently returned from a trip to Brussels with her family after winning a national competition run by the Young People’s Trust for the Environment and Eurostar International.
Tara was encouraged to enter by Millfield staff after showing a particular interest in environmental issues in a climate change workshop at school.
She produced a short video clip about her views on sustainable travel and the environment.
Her efforts paid off and during the family trip for four, she met some Euro MPs and even gave a short speech about her views.