The Hawkesbury Showgirl competition aims to find a young female Ambassador for the Hawkesbury area. The winning Showgirl is selected by a panel of three judges and remains Showgirl until the next year’s Show. Her role involves many official and informal duties.
It’s one of the most prestigious titles the show movement can bestow and carries with it not only prizemoney, the chance to represent your district at regional and zone levels but also the pride of being an ambassador your community and rural NSW.
The Showgirl Competition is definitely not a beauty pageant. Entrants must have a genuine interest in, and knowledge of, rural NSW. The Competition encourages the participation and awareness of issues faced by women in rural NSW. Contestants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation and speech. Finalists must also demonstrate knowledge of their lo-cal community and current affairs. In addition to their potential ambassadorial qualities, contestants are also judged on their involve-ment in and experience of rural affairs.
Today, contestants continue to be young rural women with purpose and ambition and the Competition plays a significant role in the overall development of rural youth, attracting strong support from entrants, sponsors and organisers.
Our 2017 representative is Olivia Leal (23) - whose mother was named Hawkesbury Showgirl in 1989 and was sashed with the same honour. Olivia now looks forward to representing the Hawkesbury at the Zone Showgirl Championships early next year in Berry. She said the Showgirl program was an incredible platform that empowered young women and helped them gain confidence and afford new opportunities.
Miss Leal is a Sustainability Coordinator at Frasers Property Australia and lives in Richmond. She completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology and Environmental Earth Science at Macquarie University in 2014 and said she entered Miss Hawkesbury Showgirl to learn and grow professionally, as well as to be an advocate for the area that she is passionate about.
The Competition aims to find a young woman to act as an ambassador for rural NSW with her role involving many official and informal duties both at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and during her travels interstate and overseas.
It is not a beauty pageant. Most importantly the Showgirls must have a genuine interest in, and knowledge of, rural NSW.
The Competition encourages the participation and subsequent awareness of rural women’s contribution and involvement in both local communities and rural NSW as a whole.
For full entry details and guidelines contact the HDAA office on (02) 4577 3591 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hawkesbury Show for 2017 is on 5, 6 & 7 May
I am not “agricultural” so can I enter?
Yes, anyone with a passion for our local area can enter.
What will I be judged on?
The judges take into account personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation and speech. Basically, be yourself!
How much will it cost me?
As little or as much as you wish. We recommend for the monetary conscious that you reuse your year 12 formal dresses and for the interview you are asked to wear what you would if you were going to a job interview. We have dinners leading up to the main event but it is your choice if you attend these.
What happens on the day of the competition?
You will be interviewed separately by three judges at our Showgrounds. A lunch is prepared for all our entrants plus our judges, President and Business Manager. In the evening you will be interviewed and the winner will then be announced. This is the same format as Zone level so our lucky winner will have this experience as an advantage over other districts.
Do I have to do public speaking?
The only public speaking is on presentation night where you will be questioned about yourself in an interview. This is not a speech but an interview so the interviewer can assist you if you get nervous.
What can I win?
We find that the greatest prize is not only making new friends but the opportunities that can present themselves. First prize is $1500 from The Hawkesbury Gazette plus a life membership to the HDAA. Second and third prize are also monetary.