Chris Tite of Glenwood High School in Durban, was part of the SA squad who attended the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Los Angeles from 1 July – 10 July.

Chris competed in Singing, Modelling, Acting and Instrumental – being an accomplished pianist – having played since the age of about 8.

The competition is open to kids from all over the world in either the junior (5-15) or senior categories (16-up), and over 50 countries competed. All competitors enter the regional competitions in their country, followed by the country championships (locally the SA Championships of Performing arts SACOPA, which was held in April). Those that are selected then travel to Los Angeles to compete.

Chris made the semi-finals, followed by the final showcase – one of only 7 South Africans to make it that far.

Ultimately he won Silver for Piano, Gold for Modelling – Ramp, Gold for Modelling – Photography, as well as Divisional World Champion Modelling and a scholarship to the New York Film Academy.

Chris also plays rugby for Varsity College and Glenwood, as well as water polo.

The competition website is

And Chris has his own website at

Report by Philippa Rose-Tite