Eleven young women stake a claim for Miss Maitland Showgirl title | PHOTOS 2014 WINNER: Last year’s Miss Maitland Showgirl Alexis Adams.
TweetFacebookDOMINIQUE JUDDApprentice electrician Dominique Judd is no stranger to the Miss Maitland Showgirl search, having entered as an 18-year-old.
Now 21 and weeks away from finishing her apprenticeship, Ms Judd is back in the competition.
“I competed a couple of years ago when I was 18, and had always thought about entering again,” she said.
“This year I saw the advertisement in the Mercury and thought I’d give it a go again.
“It was great fun last time.”
If chosen as this year’s winner, the Brandy Hill resident would champion Maitland as a place to visit.
“I would like to get people into Maitland more,” Ms Judd said.
“Maitland is building up and people are coming into the area a bit more, but everyone seems to go into Newcastle.
“It’s a nice rural town and a beautiful area.
“The show is a great thing and I would like to push the show.
“I’d like to promote to people that there are many great attractions [at the show] and different avenues to be a part of.”
EMMA CUNNINGHAMPromoting health and fitness for everyone is one reason Tenambit’s Emma Cunningham decided to enter the Miss Maitland Showgirl competition.
“I strongly believe in promoting health and fitness for everyone,” the beauty therapist and stay-at-home mum said.
She has been looking after her two-year-old son and nine-month-old daughter.
“I particularly enjoy trying new ventures and when I saw the Miss Maitland Showgirl Competition advertised on Facebook, I thought I would enter and give it a go,” Ms Cunningham said.
“My husband was veryencouraging and it is exciting, because I’ve never done anything like this before.
“I love attending bootcamp challenges and thought I might be able to draw attention to the importance of physical fitness if I win this title.”
She believed Maitland had a great deal to offer young people.
“If I could use my role as Miss Maitland Showgirl to promote our city, it would be a wonderful opportunity and a great experience,” she said.
She was excited about returning to the workforce soon as a beauty therapist and was working toward her certificate as a personal trainer.
TAYLAH MANCEYTaylah Mancey points out that while she is not from a rural area, she is still a Maitland woman through and through.
“I’m not the most rural person, but I would represent Maitland to the best of my ability,” Ms Mancey said.
Besides two years spent in Wagga Wagga to study, the 20-year-old has always lived here. And if she was to win, her aim would be to help the city’s young people.
“I would try to get more funding for the youth in Maitland,” she said.
“I would try to create more programs to get them all involved.
“I think it would stop a lot of problems if we could do that.”
Ms Mancey, of Raworth, is not short on ambition.
Her university majors include forensic science, biotechnology, medical science and policing.
“I have a lot going on,” she laughed.
“I want to do forensics in the police force – that’s my aim.
“I’m in my third year of the forensic, biotech and medical science and am halfway through the [police force] recruitment process.”
JACQUELINE MYHILLJacqueline Myhill is the secretary at Bowe & Lidbury’s Maitland cattle saleyards and is passionate about agricultural issues.
The former St Peter’s and St Mary’s student has wanted to enter the Miss Maitland Showgirl competition for some time.
“I’ve grown up in Maitland and always wanted to enter,” she said.
Ms Myhill wanted to enter the competition two years ago but her sister’s hen’s night was on the weekend of the show and she was unable to enter – now the 20-year-old has thrown her hat in the ring.
“Growing up in Maitland, I have always seen the Showgirls as role models and always thought it would be something I’d like to do.”
Ms Myhill would like to be an advocate for local agriculture.
“We hear our grandparents speak of how Maitland was such an agricultural hub, but with population growth that seems to be fading away.
“We need to bring that back. I don’t think our youth recogniseagriculture as the resource it is.
“It’s a massive part of our area.”
AMY HARRISRathluba’s Amy Harris sees the Showgirl competition as an opportunity to champion her home city.
“I love Maitland and what it represents,” Ms Harris said. “We have a strong sense of community, we have Mai-Wel and Harry’s House.
“I’d like to be a role model and show that anything is possible if you put yourself out there.”
Ms Harris is busy both in her work and studies.
“I’m working at Club Financial Services in Maitland and In Properties for Investors,” the 19-year-old said.
Ms Harris is has completed a Certificate IV in finance and mortgage broking at the University of Newcastle.
She is now studying a Bachelor of Communication with a view to becoming a radio or TV presenter.
“I have also done some short courses in the beauty industry and I’ve also done a Diploma of Business and a Diploma of Marketing,” she said.
KATE LACEYKate Lacey believes in the importance of the Showgirl competition.
“I wanted to keep the tradition alive, because the Showgirls have been around forever and something like that shouldn’t be forgotten,” Ms Lacey said.
“[Showgirls] are supposed to inspire today’s generation and I hope to be one of them.”
Having grown up on a small lucerne and cattle property in Lorn, Ms Lacey is familiar with the challenges farmers faced.
If the 18-year-old were to win the crown, she would use her role to shine a light on rural issues.
“I would discuss the challenges that most farmers face these days, especially what goes on in rural communities that not many people in the city hear about,” she said.
Ms Lacey completed her studies at Maitland High School last year.
TORI COVICTori Covic and the Maitland Show have a long history.
“I’ve been a part of the Show since I was about four years old,” Ms Covic said.
“I ride the horses there and Miss Maitland gives out our champion sashes.”
The 20-year-old believes that leaders should lead by action and not through words.
“I joined Miss Showgirl to be a role model,” Ms Covic said.
“I’ve grown up the old-fashioned way, so instead of proving points, I like to show people a different way.”
And the former St Mary’s and St Peter’s student’s love of horses continues played a part.
“I have grown up at Seaham, where I still live, and have always had horses,” she said.
Ms Covic works as both a medical receptionist and waitress, and is studying a Diploma of Business Management.
TANIKA RIORDAN-ADAMSA text message from a friend tipped off Tanika Riordan-Adams to the Miss Maitland Showgirl competition.
After some investigation the 22-year-old mother of one realised she was the type of young woman the competition wanted to uncover.
“I’m very rural, I’ve lived rurally since I was in primary school,” Ms Riordan-Adams said.
“I’ve been around the Maitland area since I went to St Paul’s at Rutherford and I’ve lived at Seaham for quite a few years.”
About five years ago, Ms Riordan-Adams moved to work on thoroughbred studs near Muswellbrook as a veterinary nurse, but recently had to move back to Seaham with her partner and one-year-old son Kobi.
One of the issues Ms Riordan-Adams would draw attention to as Miss Maitland Showgirl is the need for a hospital upgrade.
“The most attention that Maitland needs at the moment is the hospital,” she said.
“That hospital is way overdue for an upgrade, especially just a decent parking lot, so that’s probably the biggest thing I would try to make people more aware of.”
Ms Riordan-Adams is searching for a new job, preferably one that includes working with animals.
“For the past few years I’ve been working as a vet nurse with small and large animals, on thoroughbred studs and in vet clinics,” she said.
“At the vet clinic, I worked closely with both horses and small animals, and there’s not many practices that do both.”
SUMMA CROCKETSumma Crockett’s love of horses led to her entering in this year’s Miss Maitland Showgirl.
“I’m friends with Alexis [Adams] who was last year’s Showgirl,” Ms Crockett explained.
“One of my friends put a post on Facebook and said ‘Where are all of our horsey girls, whose going to represent us this year?’”
“It’s a really good opportunity and I want to be a role model for all the young women out there.”
Ms Crockett teaches others to ride horses and believes that working with the animals could help a range of people.
“I want to help young people have the enjoyment that horses can bring to your life,” Ms Crockett said.
“A lot of young people might want to go out and party, but having a horse gives you a responsibility.”
The 22-year-old Brandy Hill resident went to Dungog High School and works at Masters Home Improvement in Heatherbrae.
“I’m working towards being a department manager, but when I’m not at Masters I’m giving horse riding lessons to children, I’m showing and competing and I walk other people’s horses,” Ms Crockett said.
“I’m running a training and riding school as well, so I’m forever on the go. I don’t stop.”
JESSICA ALLENJessica Allen has competed in agriculture shows since she was young.
One of her high school teachers encouraged the former St Mary’s and St Peter’s student to enter the Miss Maitland Showgirl competition.
“I’ve always had such a positive experience out of the show and I would like to give back to the people who have helped so much,” Ms Allen said.
The 18-year-old is passionate about rural issues.
If crowned Miss Maitland Showgirl her focus would be “education and the importance of rural communities”.
Ms Allen is studying teaching at the University of Newcastle.
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