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Hit Like A Girl 2016 Winners

The producers of the 2016 Hit Like A Girl contest are proud to announce the winners of the fifth annual international drum competition for female drummers. This official awards were presented during a 90-minute live show that was webcast on www.drumchannel.com. This year’s Champions, Runners-Up, and Achievement Awards recipients are:

Over 18

Champion: Helen De La Rosa - USA

1st Runner-Up: Theresa Stark - Germany
2nd Runner-Up: Bianca Richardson - USA

Under 18

Champion: Becca Webster - USA

1st Runner-Up: Natalia Krzakala - Poland
2nd Runner-Up: Molly Rose - USA


Hundreds of girls and women from 6 to 60 and nearly 50 countries participated in this year’s competition. Following 6 weeks on online entry, 48 finalists were chosen by judges, sponsors and public voting. These finalists’ videos were then reviewed by top professional drummers, including 2016 Hit Like A Girl co-spokespersons Hannah Welton and Anika Nilles along with Kimberly Thompson, Emily Dolan-Davies, Emmanuelle Caplette, Jess Bowen, Karin Gandhi, Yissy Garcia, Terri Lyne Carrington, Senri Kawaguchi, Nia Lovelis, Allison Miller, Didi Negron, Venzella Joy, Alicia Warrington, Gina Schock, Mona Tavakoli, Cherisse Osei, Samantha Maloney, Val Sepulveda and special guest judges Steve Smith, Aaron Spears and Chad Smith. (Please visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contest/judges for additional information.)

The Hit Like A Girl contest was started in 2012 by Phil Hood (DRUM!), David Levine (TRX) and Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom) with the goal of showcasing female drummers and encouraging more girls and women to play drums. This year, former editor of Rhythm magazine, Louise King, became a fourth member of the production team. The contest is sponsored by an elite group of musical instrument companies, including Evans, Pro-Mark, Zildjian, Mapex, Sabian, Vic Firth, NFUZD, Sonor, Drum Channel, School of Rock, Musicians Institute, TRX Cymbals, Vater, Innovative Percussion, Dark Horse Percussion, and SJC. Media sponsors across three continents include Music Radar, DRUM!, Alfred, Alternative Press, Rhythm, Percussive Arts Society, Enter Music Network, Digital Drummer (Australia), Drum Guru, Hudson Music, Not So Modern Drummer, Drummers Resource, Drummer Café, Performance Drumming, Online Drummer, The Black Page, Drums & Percussion, Wikidrummers, Swinghouse Studios, and Sick Drummer Magazine. (Please visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contest/prizes for additional information.)