The Land Showgirl Walcha contest

Sophie Uren aged 19

Sophie Uren aged 19

 Any showgirls in the family in the past?

My Mum was Longreach Showgirl. She then represented Central West Queensland at the Brisband Ekka where she placed runner up. My Aunty was also Warren Showgirl.

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

I honestly never really thought about it but a friend asked me a while back whether I would be interested to apply for it. After I thought about it I thought you know what why don’t I give it a crack. I love living in the community and have such a great passion for agriculture so really showgirl is right up my ally!

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

I am born and raised on the land! My earliest memories are sheep and more sheep! I have a strong passion for Ag. I really enjoy talking to Dad, asking questions and always learning about new and involving issues and technologies in the industry. I believe I am very open faced and approachable. I love agriculture and our local community and it would be a great honour to represent the Walcha community which is why I think I am a great advocate for showgirl.

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

My biggest supporters are my Mum and Dad and Brother and Sister! My family are always in the background of everything I do and help and support me in any way shape or form! They have never let me down and no matter the outcome they will still be my biggest fans!

What are you looking forward to the most?

I am mostly looking forward to the opportunity to represent the Walcha community, one of which I am honoured to be apart of. I am so proud to be involved in such a supportive community that rallies behind so many great causes with the show being one.

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

I am told that the interview process can be daunting!

What is your favourite thing about living in the country?

My favourite thing about living in the country is small country communities. Walcha is so supportive from every aspect in the community. The community spirit that Walcha has is such an inspiration and honour to be involved in from wearing our famous Red and White to a rugby grand final to the community singing ‘We Are from Walcha’ to save our council!

What are the biggest challenges facing youth in rural Australia?

I believe the biggest challenges facing youth in rural Australia is the distance to travel to study, Mental illness and Access to services. We live in an age where business and personal lives are so heavily reliant on communication. A massive hurdle we face in rural Australia is high speed wifi and phone connectivity which are essential in todays day and age. Mental illness is also a massive challenge for youth in Australia with suicide rates being 1.8 times higher in rural areas.

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

I am currently working and studying two of my passions. I am working as a graphic designer with the Dubbo Photo News and Studying primary education.

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

I love music. My biggest hobby is singing and playing the guitar with my family. 

Felicity Yarnold aged 19

Felicity Yarnold aged 19

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

I thought it would be great to represent Walcha and a great confidence booster. Win or lose it’s a great opportunity.

What experience will you bring? 

Knowledge of the area. Knowledge of animals as I am in my final year of vet nursing and love animals.

Why should the judges select you? 

The judges should select myself as I would love the opportunity to represent and promote Walcha and the Walcha Area. As well as our country agricultural shows. Because Country Shows are a great place to promote the local produce and what the country have to offer.  As well as it shows our city counter parts what the country produce and has to offer.

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

Answering Questions, Public Speaking, Presenting Ribbons, Looking at our local exhibitors. Meeting our local community and visitors. Preparation is hard as you are not sure what type of questions you will be asked so studying a wide variety of topics.

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

My mum she is always there when I need her. My mum is helping me by asking different questions. Giving me tips on public speaking. And just being supportive.

What are you looking forward to the most? 

Seeing what the local agricultural society and community has to offer and exhibit.

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

Public speaking and answering questions. Because I become quite nervous about these things.

What is your favourite thing about living in the country? 

There is a lot more freedom and space and I get to have lots of pets. Which are dogs, cats and my Horse right in my backyard or paddock. As well as an occasional poddy calf.

What are the biggest challenges facing youth in rural Australia? 

Dealing with all types of bullying and harassment. This is such a big issue with all the social media that is available. There is no getting away from it. This is not just in rural Australia but everywhere.

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

Not to give up no matter what life throws at you. I am always there for my family and friends even in the tough times.

Meet our junior showgirl competitors  here

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