Wauchope Show Girls

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With the 108th annual Wauchope Show set to take place on April 6 and 7, we had a chat to three passionate show advocates – the current Wauchope Showgirl, Nikki Gibbs, and her two predecessors, Jaclyn Lindsay and Ashley Olsen. These three community-minded women have all taken away valuable lessons from being crowned Wauchope Showgirls and they’ve all gone on to represent our area at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! They love our community, they’re committed to the viability of agriculture in our region … and they have some words of advice for this year’s Showgirl competition entrants.

ASHLEY OLSEN

Why did you initially decide to enter the Wauchope Showgirl competition?

I entered the Wauchope Showgirl competition firstly in 2012 and again in 2015. In 2012, I was in my third year of a Business/Law degree at the University of New England and wanting to become more involved in the Wauchope Show Society. After being named Wauchope Showgirl in 2012, I became a Director of Wauchope Show Society and established the agricultural youth group, Footprints in Ag. In 2015, I decided to enter the Showgirl competition with the hope of representing the Wauchope Show Society at the State Final held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which I was lucky enough to do in 2016.

What was the most rewarding aspect of being a Showgirl for you personally?

The Showgirl experience gave me the opportunity to highlight and connect youth in agriculture on the Mid North Coast. Through the support of the Wauchope Show Society, we were able to establish Footprints in Ag. The Footprints in Ag Youth Committee now connects young members from all over the Mid North Coast and has a Facebook following of more than 1,000 people. In the last two years, Footprints in Ag have raised over $20,000 for worthy rural causes. Footprints in Ag also proudly runs and sponsors Young Farmers Challenges at a number of shows on the Mid North Coast.

What was the most valuable lesson/experience you took away from being a Showgirl?

The Showgirl experience provides young women with such valuable communication and networking skills that can be applied in any context. These skills have been invaluable in assisting me to transition into my career as a solicitor.

What’s your advice to future Showgirl entrants – particularly those currently aiming for the 2018 title?

Don’t let the name “Showgirl” deceive you. It is not a beauty pageant; it is a rural advocacy and development program that will have a lasting impact and open many doors for you both personally and professionally.

 

JACLYN LINDSAY

Why did you initially decide to enter the Wauchope Showgirl competition? 

I have always wanted to enter the Showgirl competition since I was a little girl. I have always been a part of the show community, as my family shows dairy cattle, so it was something that I always wanted to do and I just had to wait until the time was right.

I wanted to be able to give back to my show society in a different way and also be a role model for young girls and women who are involved in the show or ag. Being a Showgirl is a way to put my mark on the show and keep the country show movement progessing and keep the Showgirl competition relevant.

What was the most rewarding aspect of being a Showgirl for you personally? 

There are so many aspects of being a Showgirl that are rewarding, but the thing I have found the most rewarding is the way I have been able to give back to my show society and become a role model for young woman involved within our community; this is something really special. I have also loved that I have been able to put forward my passion for the dairy industry and bring some awareness to the issues surrounding the industry.

What was the most valuable lesson/experience you took away from being a Showgirl? 

The experiences that being Showgirl have provided me with are once in a lifetime opportunities. I have met some amazing girls, whom I know will be friends for life. I have been lucky enough to meet so many people that have opened doors for many different aspects. My self-confidence has grown, and I know I can achieve anything I set my mind to.

What’s your advice to future Showgirl entrants – particularly those currently aiming for the 2018 title? 

Just enjoy the experience. It doesn’t matter who wins the Showgirl title; you take the sash off when you want to. It could be straight after the show, or you may never stop and never take it off. It is a very special competition and gives young girls and women so much more than they know when they initially enter the competition. The friendships you make  and the people you meet are priceless.

 

NIKKI GIBBS

Why did you initially decide to enter the Wauchope Showgirl competition?

I initially decided to compete for the Showgirl title, as I wanted to become more involved within our community and saw this as a way of meeting like-minded women in my town.

What was the most rewarding aspect of being a Showgirl for you personally? Personally I have a deep connection to our show society through family involvement. I am now the fourth generation to take part in events and volunteer. I found the Showgirl competition to be the ultimate way I could give back to our show society and thank those who’ve shown me endless support growing up. It is very dear to my heart.

What was the most valuable lesson/experience you took away from being a Showgirl? For me, it has been the endless opportunities for personal development and growth. It has given me the confidence I needed to really step outside of my comfort zone and be brave about things like public speaking.

What’s your advice to future Showgirl entrants – particularly those currently aiming for the 2018 title? 

Just be yourself and let your personality shine! This will be the start of an amazing journey, and you need to be open-minded to every opportunity that may arise. Most of all, just enjoy the process and get to know the girls standing by your side; after all, they may become life-long friends.

 

THE PLUG

We thank our Major Sponsors: Jon’s Family Jewellers, Wauchope Produce, Hastings Co-op Department Store, Wauchope Pharmacy, Cassegrain Wines, Wauchope RSL, Sundial Dental Wauchope. There are many other wonderful sponsors who support the Wauchope Showgirl Competition, which is now in its 52nd year.

The 2018 Wauchope Show will be held at the Wauchope Showground, Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th. Judging of the Wauchope Showgirl 2018 will take place at the Grand Parade on Saturday, April 7th, at approximately 2pm.

NB: at the time of going to print, Nikki Gibbs won the The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl 2018. Congrats, Nikki!

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