AN ORAL health therapist from Eugowra, a registered nurse from Forbes, and an accountant from Wellington were chosen as the Zone 6 finalists to compete for the title of The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl at this year’s Sydney Royal Show.
Eugowra Showgirl Caitlin Herbert is so passionate about oral health she runs a dental education program providing presentations to rural schools on top of her career as a oral health therapist and working on the family farm near Eugowra.
Caitlin hopes that by participating in the Showgirl competition she can help highlight that local young women can get a good education, while still return to your hometown with a successful career, rather than relocate to the city.
She has a degree in oral health from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, and in her spare time enjoys cooking, farming and caring for her two Dalmatians.
Forbes Showgirl Grace Allen is a registered nurse working at Orange Health Service in the emergency department.
Grace will undertake postgraduate studies this year to further her experience and specialisation in emergency healthcare.
When not at the hospital, she works as an active member of the Country Women’s Association and volunteers with a group of ladies to offer hairdressing services to residents of the Forbes Mater Aged Care.
Grace is also a regular helper on the family farm or can be found exploring farmers markets, wine tasting or meeting up with friends around the region.
Wellington Showgirl Geena Purcell is an accountant with Crowe Horwath in Wellington and is also keen to showcase the many career opportunities for rural women in rural Australia.
By moving her career back to Wellington she hopes to contribute more to her hometown and make a positive difference to her local community.
Geena is an active member of the Wellington Show Society and the Agriculture Societies Council Next Generation.
When not busy with her career or volunteering for a range of community organisations, she enjoys reading, fishing, camping and sport.
The zone 6 final was held at Blayney on Saturday where 18 Showgirls from across the region competed for a place in the Sydney Royal finals.
The other zone 6 finalists were: Bathurst Showgirl Sarah Boorer; Bedgerabong Showgirl Heather Earney; Blayney Showgirl Micheala Collins; Canowindra Showgirl Jenifer Holmes; Condobolin Showgirl Tori Whiley; Cowra Showgirl Katie Molloy; Dubbo Showgirl Rose Broughton; Grenfell Showgirl Rebecca Eastaway; Gulargambone Showgirl Abby Morris; Molong Showgirl Jessica Burgess; Murrumburrah/Harden Showgirl Jess Sargent; Orange Showgirl Tess Crossley; Parkes Showgirl Deanne Freeman; Peak Hill Showgirl Heidi Stone and Young Showgirl Lucy Hansen.
During the judging process each Showgirl undertook a 15-minute interview with a panel of three judges at Blayney’s Athol Gardens during the day.
They also attended lunch on the veranda of the Athol Gardens homestead.
The evening proceedings included dinner with special guests, family and friends and a short on-stage interview before the judging results were announced.
The judges of the competition were Agricultural Societies Council president David Peters, The Land’s Karen Bailey and 2009 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl second runner-up Lauren Elkins.