BIG NIGHT: Louise Hayward, the 2009 North Coast National Show Girl, is congratulated by Summerland Travel manager Neelia Rixon.
BIG NIGHT: Louise Hayward, the 2009 North Coast National Show Girl, is congratulated by Summerland Travel manager Neelia Rixon. Jay Cronan

Show girl win a dream come true

EVER since she was a little girl growing up in East Lismore, Louise Hayward has admired the North Coast National show girls.

Last night, aged 24 and still of East Lismore, she became one.

“It's just overwhelming, it's fantastic,” Ms Hayward bubbled after a panel of three judges selected her from a field of four candidates to become 2009 North Coast National Show Girl. As Show Girl, Ms Hayward faces a busy few days presenting awards and being the face of the 2009 show. After that will begin preparations for a zone competition and, if all goes well, a tilt at the state title at next year's Royal Easter Show at Sydney.

Ms Hayward, who spent a lot of time as a child helping out on her grandparents' farm at Gundurimba, said the show girl competition was important for promoting and supporting local agriculture and rural industries.

The higher level show girl competitions just expanded that ability and responsibility to a broader base.

These days Ms Hayward works as an accountant and is working to become a chartered accountant, but she said she hoped to push her career to areas that would help the rural sector.

“I can branch off into that and do both,” Ms Hayward said.

Last night's victory was twice as sweet for Ms Hayward, given this was her second attempt at the sash. She ran for, but missed out on, the Lismore show girl title four years ago.



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