After a year off due to the pandemic, The Land Sydney Royal Showgirls are back and ready to represent their zone.
Find out more about the 16 showgirls before they take the main stage this week.
1: Aimee Riley, Walbundrie
Aimee is currently studying a Bachelor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University while working as a student and administration officer. Community involvement is a passion of Aimee's evident through her involvement with the Jindera Netball Club Committee, Jindera Pioneer Museum and the Greater Hume Shire Youth Advisory Committee. Her priority is creating sustainable agricultural practices, encouraging youth involvement within the industry and an awareness on where food comes from.
2: Beatrice Patterson, Cowra
Beatrice is a practicing solicitor after graduating with a double degree in law and business (business analytics) with hopes of becoming a dispute resolution practitioner. She volunteers each year as ring secretary for the NSW Poll Dorset Championships and the Cowra Lamb Show, both run by the Cowra Show Society and enjoys participating in local agricultural shows, entering exhibits, and representing her family's sheep stud in competition. As an ambassador for her clients in her professional career, she is excited to be the ambassador for Cowra Show and give back to her community.
3: Bronte Marshall, Moree
Bronte is currently studying a Bachelor of Education at the University of New England. She is proud to be involved with the Moree Show Society, as vice president and showgirl coordinator. Bronte is further involved with the community through sports and other creative groups, including dance and theatre, as well as volunteering her time at the Moree Retirement Village. Bronte has philanthropic aspirations to write and has performed her own musical with all proceeds donated to various charity groups in the region. Bronte hopes to work as a teacher in rural NSW and encourage the younger generation to engage with agriculture and agricultural shows.
4: Carmen MacGregor, Cobargo
Carmen is currently studying a Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health at the University of Wollongong whilst working as a Disability Support Worker. Carmen has a keen interest in horses, and has volunteered and competed at many equestrian events and Agricultural Shows. She also volunteers her time in the community with St Johns First Aid, Wollongong Emergency Family Housing and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, the latter being an opportunity for Carmen to help high school students with their school work and goal setting. After completing her degree, Carmen hopes to offer good quality health care and support to rural communities.
5: Georgina Haire, Wee Waa
Georgina is currently studying her Bachelor in Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University. Along with her studies, Georgina has an interest in cropping and sustainable agriculture, seeking out work with local agronomists over her university break to learn about basic agronomy and new technologies used in cropping systems. She is an active member of the community, volunteering time at local sports clubs as well as Wee Waa Show Society and the local Country Women's Association. Georgina wants to advocate for more health funding for rural and regional communities.
6: Hannah Yeo, Dunedoo
Hannah completed a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of New South Wales in 2019 and has returned to study a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the University of New England. Hannah throws herself into volunteer roles, whether it be at university whilst studying or when she returns home during her breaks. She would like to continue her work with the Justice Department, refining her skills, until her degree is complete and then hopes to become a Forensic Psychologist.
7: Jessica Neale, Cootamundra
Jessica is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Secondary Education) whilst working as a policy advisor for the NSW Minister for Education. Through her role, she hopes to make a difference for disadvantaged students as well as schools in rural and remote areas. Jessica is a member of the Cootamundra Show Society, stewarding in the Young Judges Group Final, and Junior Pavilion in 2018 and 2019. Jessica wants to use her platform as Showgirl to bridge the divide between our cities and the regions, and hopes to teach in a rural or remote school.
8: Kate Webster, Wagga Wagga
Kate is currently completing her Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University (CSU) after completing her Honours Research Project at Texas Tech University. Additionally, Kate has completed her Certificate III and IV in Meat Safety Inspection and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Wool Classing. Kate has been an active member of the Wagga Wagga Show Society, has coached the CSU Meat Judging Team and was the Chair of the CSU Approaching Ag Fair committee.
9: Eliza Babazogli, Hawkesbury
Eliza graduated from Marcus Oldham College with a high distinction and DUX of Equine Business Management and is now a Sponsorship Executive at the Hawkesbury Race Club NSW. Her role combines her passion for the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry with working to unite people and businesses in the Hawkesbury and greater western Sydney districts. Eliza is very involved in the Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association both exhibiting and competing for 15 years as well as more recently sitting on the Horse committee and judging.
10: Emily Quinn, Milton
Emily is currently a centralised invoicing clerk and account manager for Scania Trucks Australia whilst undertaking studies to complete a Diploma of Leadership and Management. Emily aims to go on to study a Diploma of Business Studies so that she can combine her degrees to become a personal and business educator giving back to rural communities and supporting small businesses in rural towns. An active member of Milton Show Society, Emily hopes to use her time as Showgirl to be an ambassador for Milton Show.
11: Kimberley Tout, Wauchope
Kimberley studied a Bachelor of Teaching (honours) at the University of Newcastle and is now a special education teacher at Kempsey West Public School. In her own time, she has a passion for retraining and rehoming retired thoroughbreds to provide them with an opportunity to succeed in a new discipline. On top of this, Kimberley is a keen member of her local community as president of the Hastings District Pony Club and director of the Wauchope Show Society.
12: Lauren Eccles, Merriwa
Lauren completed a Bachelor of Podiatry at Newcastle University and hopes to return to study in order to become a diabetic educator and then open her own practice offering a holistic approach to chronic illness management. Lauren volunteers her podiatry services in the community and is an active member of the Merriwa Show Youth Committee and Scone Netball Association as an umpire and coach. Lauren sees the Showgirl competition as an opportunity to be a voice for rural women and represent her community.
13: Lily Harrison, Bangalow
Lily is studying International Relations and Public Policy at the Australian National University. She has a passion for women's rights, which is evident through the company she founded in 2016 at the age of 15. The company provides sanitary and maternity products to women across the Northern Rivers and works with other community organisations like the Country Women's Association and the Lion's Club. Lily plans to continue to collaborate with community organisations to create more meaningful community engagement with young women.
14: Livinia Evans, Cooma
Livinia has completed her Certificate III in Agriculture and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Canberra. She hopes to use her degree to teach in rural communities, not just in a school setting, but extracurricular activities like swimming lessons that some children may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in. Livinia has competed at Cooma Show in cookery classes as well as equestrian events for many years. She has been the representative of Zone 18 as Pony Club Member for eight years.
15: Sally Nicholls, Blayney
Sally studied a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University and is now a current member of Service for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health. Sally is an active member of the Blayney Show Society and was a member of the Orange Show Society during her time at university. She has volunteered her physiotherapy services both locally, following the South Coast Bushfires in January 2020, and internationally, working with children with varying disabilities at the Chua Ky Quang Orphanage in Vietnam.
16: Stephanie Ferguson, Bathurst
Stephanie is currently studying a double degree; Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University. Stephanie volunteers across various events in her community including Wagga Wagga Campus Blood Drive, a program to provide feminine hygiene products to Cambodian school students and a book drive for African children. She also has a strong presence at her local Show, judging and stewarding for the Bathurst Royal Show Cattle Section.