Tregeagle girl off to the Royal Easter Show
NORTH Coast National's Ellie Stephens will head to Sydney soon in hopes of being dubbed New South Wales's top showgirl.
The 22-year-old Tregeagle woman will represent Zone 1 (Murwillumbah to Camden Haven) at the Royal Easter Show in The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition.
Ms Stephens, who works at Thomas Noble & Russell Chartered Accountants, will leave for Sydney on March 24 for judging and presentations on March 29.
She said she was proud to represent the Lismore agricultural community and the North Coast National Agricultural Society.
"I have been involved with the North Coast National since I moved to the region, and I just love it," Ms Stephens said.
"The North Coast National is an incredible community of like-minded people passionate about agriculture and its sustainability in our region, as well as the sustainability of the show movement."
Ms Stephens believes showgirls have an important role in rural and regional communities.
"A good showgirl is someone who is passionate about their rural community, the sustainability of the show movement and above all is a fitting female ambassador for rural New South Wales."
She was looking forward to mingling with other inspirational showgirls present at the show.
"You never know how you will be judged, but I am just excited to be representing the region. I will work hard to get the most out of it.
"The contestants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation and speech.
"Finalists are also asked to demonstrate knowledge of their local community and current affairs and apart from their potential ambassadorial qualities, contestants are also judged on their involvement in and experience of rural affairs."
Ms Stephens was selected for the competition in 2012. If she takes home the title, she will be the first Lismore showgirl to win.