Showgirls to strut their stuff
DREAMT of parading around with your winner's sash blowing gently in the breeze as you wave to your adoring fans?
The North Coast National A&I Society is looking for more girls, aged 18 to 24, to compete in this year's showgirl competition.
With four entrants so far, the competition is already looking fierce.
Apprentice hairdresser Alyson Elliott, 20, of South Gundurimba, said she had always been part of the show, had watched the girls go through in the past and wanted to be part of it.
“I thought it would be good to represent the rural sector,” Miss Elliott said.
Having grown up on a beef cattle property, Miss Elliott hopes she has the agricultural knowledge to win the competition.
“I'm right into competing with horses in the camp draft,” Miss Elliott said. “So hopefully that will help, too.”
If that isn't enough, she will be keeping an eye on the local media to keep up to date with regional issues as well.
Contestants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, as well as general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation and speech.
Finalists are also asked to demonstrate knowledge of their community, current affairs and their involvement in and experience of rural affairs.
Carina Cittolin, 21, competed in the event last year, where she finished runner-up.
Miss Cittolin said she had gained much from competing.
“I'm not a good public speaker, so it was good for building confidence,” she said.
As well as representing the North Coast National A&I Society at both formal and informal events, the winner will take home $1000 and overnight accommodation at Angourie Rainforest Retreat, among other prizes.
Also competing this year is Priscilla Donaldson, 18, of Evans Head, who said getting involved with the community was a big drawcard.
“It would be great to represent the show. The prizes are a bonus,” Miss Donaldson said.