The Land Showgirl competition Walcha contest

Amy Kermode Aged 17
Amy Kermode Aged 17

What made you want to apply to be the Walcha Showgirl for 2019?

I would like the opportunity to increase my public speaking abilities, while also promoting the dynamic agriculture background of the New England and the Walcha area. Along with meeting other like-minded people, I hope the experience allows me to further  develop my leadership and adaptability skills.

What experience will you bring? Why should the judges select you?

If the judges were to select me over my fellow entrants, I would like to promote the role for other entrants in the future. I would hope that they would elect me, as this will enable me to be further involved with my community, as well as demonstrate my  passion for agriculture.

What do you have to do at the show  and how did you prepare for that?

My duties at the 2018 Walcha show involve helping participants, representing my community and engaging with the Walcha show guests.

Who is the biggest supporter you have and how are they helping you?

My mother has always pushed me to be involved in my community, and her drive and initiative have been an excellent example for me to learn from.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Meeting new people and being able to regularly participate in community events.

What do you think you'll find the most challenging?

As this is the first time that the Walcha Show in running a junior showgirl competition, I am honoured to be able to run and to be an example to future year groups.

What is your favourite thing about living in the country?

Living in a rural area has always been a huge part of my life. The small Walcha community has enabled me to create strong connections and relationships with my fellow Walcha-ites.

What are the biggest challenges facing youth in rural Australia?

There are a lack of opportunities for rural youth to go back to the land after they have completed their studies. While this is due to many factors such as drought, inheritance issues, and the difficulty of raising capital, I think that there are also ways  that communities and the government can encourage and support rural youth to return to the land.

Any idea what you want to do when you leave school ?

When I have completed my studies at Calrossy Anglican School, I have organised to go to Canada   and work on a property. I would then would like to train as a stock and station agent.

Tell me something surprising/funny/secret/inspiring about yourself that not many people know.....        

I hope mum isn’t reading this, but… when I was little I used to sneak into the kitchen and drag a nearby chair over to the fridge, climb up and grab the milo. Before I incriminate myself further, I think I will leave the story here!

Megan Tisdell aged 16

Megan Tisdell aged 16

What made you want to apply to be the Walcha Showgirl for 2019?

To acquaint myself with more contacts and to give back to the community. 

What experience will you bring? Why should the judges select you?

The judges should select me because I believe I would suitable candidate for the judges to select as I am someone who presents a positive attitude to myself, others, my education as well as agricultural practices. I take any opportunity that presents itself to me for example; going to school in Armidale to further my education. 

What do you have to do at the show next week and how have you prepared for that?

I am doing junior judging and cattle paraders and I prepared for this by visiting the other local rural shows. 

What are you looking forward to the most?

Discovering where I fit in, in the world. 

What do you think you'll find the most challenging?

Transferring from school life into work life but still managing a social life including friends and sporting commitments 

What is your favourite thing about living in the country?

The freedom of going out in the paddock and being with animals but not having to catch public transport. 

What are the biggest challenges facing youth in rural Australia?

Challenges that are facing youth is that technology is lowering the rate of job opportunities in rural areas. 

Any idea what you want to do when you leave school ?

I would like to take a gap year in the Northern Territory on a station. Then go to une and either do my diploma in agriculture or agricultural production and management. I am  studying agriculture and primary industries at school. 

Tell me something surprising/funny/secret/inspiring about yourself that not many people know.....

I am doing a school based traineeship studying my Cert 2 in agriculture. 

Heidi Matthews aged 17

Heidi Matthews aged 17

What made you want to apply to be the Walcha Showgirl for 2019?

I was born in Walcha, and have lived on a farm in Woolbrook my entire life. I am so lucky to live in rural Australia, an experience what very few Australians have. 

I want to push myself to try new things and grow as a person, I saw the opportunity and thought it would be a great way to become more involved in the local community. The Walcha Show is a staple event in the Walcha annual calendar and it is an event that has always been a highlight of my year, I want to get other young people involved in the show and I see this as a way of doing that. 

What experience will you bring? Why should the judges select you?

I am entering this competition with an open mind, I see this as an opportunity to develop my confidence. I have been involved in agriculture my entire life and feel that this is an advantage in this competition but I would like to learn more and share the importance of agriculture with other young people.

What do you have to do at the show next week and how have you prepared for that?

I am excited to be competing at the show on a number of levels which is going to make me a busy girl the whole time. I am parading cattle in the cattle rings and competing in the junior judging competition. This means I will be preparing cattle and watching others compete to gage what level the cattle are at for when it comes time for me to be compete in the junior judging competition. On top of this I will be performing my duties as a Junior Show Girl finalist, handing our ribbons, announcing special guests, doing a speech (which I’m so nervous about) and being involved in the grand parade. 

Who is the biggest supporter you have and how are they helping you?

I have a lot of supporters but I think my biggest fans are my mum and dad, they are always behind me and encourage me to do my best in whatever I do. Kristy Fogarty encouraged me to enter this competition, and I really appreciate her pushing me to believe in myself.

What are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to being involved in a local community event, it’s all about having fun and I really want to have a good laugh with everyone and enjoy the entire weekend regardless of the final outcome. But what I am really looking forward to is; dad having a go at riding a steer and competing in the smash up derby. Let’s see how many people will go and asking him if he is going to jump on a steer. 

What do you think you'll find the most challenging?

I find public speaking hard, my nerves get the better of me most of the time. But this is why I have entered, I want to get better at public speaking and this is a great way for me to develop my skills. 

What is your favourite thing about living in the country?

My favourite thing about living in the country is the genuine country personalities and genuine traits you find in people. Even though everyone knows everybody, it makes me feel safe and that I always have a friend close by to have a chat to. 

What are the biggest challenges facing youth in rural Australia?

The biggest challenges facing rural youth in Australia I feel is the mental wellbeing of youth. To help ease this issue I think Australian schools need to create a class that specifically teaches children how to cope with mental health and what avenues are out there for them to get help. 

Tell me something surprising/funny/secret/inspiring about yourself that not many people know.

I want to train gold fish professionally? Not really, I hope to study agribusiness and become a leader in the agricultural industry. I want to go through life knowing that I have done good and made a difference. And if I am as crazy as my parents who knows what I might achieve. 

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