Woodenbong initiates Miss Teen Showgirl for coastal shows

Front Row: Judge Gabriella Elder-Robinson of Warchope, Imahn Pholi of Alstonville, Samantha Deibert of Grafton, Judge Belinda Dockrill of Tenterfield; Middle row: President Margaret Martin of Woodenbong, Ashley Ebbott of Bangalow, Teah Carter of Kyogle, Nicole Cowling of Maclean, Penny Lee of Woodenbong, Hon. Thomas George MP for Lismore; back row: Sam Stephens Far North Coast Group One Rep from Alstonville, Brooke Felsch of Lismore North Coast National, Georgia Williams of Mullumbimby, Terry Serone Group One President of Casino. (Photo by MA Shutter Photography.)Saturday February 18 saw Woodenbong Show Society Inc. host the inaugural judging of the Group One Miss Teen Showgirl.
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NSW Rural Shows are divided into areas known as Groups. Group One consists of Annual Shows from Grafton to Murwillumbah and as far west as Bonalbo and Woodenbong. Woodenbong Show President, Margaret Martin, showed great insight by initiating the event.

The Shows and the girls representing them at the event were Alstonville (Imahn Pholi), Bangalow (Ashley Ebbott), Grafton (Samantha Deibert), Kyogle (Teah Carter), Lismore North Coast National (Brooke Felsch),Maclean (Nicole Cowling), Mullumbimby (Georgia Williams) and Woodenbong (Penny Lee). Apologies were received from Casino and Murwillumbah as their girls had prior engagements.

The girls’ ages ranged from 13 to 17 years and they were judged on many facets:personality, confidence, ambition/goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge including general, local and show, personal presentation, grooming, diction, speech, and volunteering and community participation. These include Interviews with the judges and on stage interviews.

Aluncheon was served at the Woodenbong Public Hall (beautifully decorated by Woodenbong Show Committee members) during which the girls were escorted on to the stage by local boysJayden and Charlie Want and then were interviewed on stage by the MCThomas George, Member for Lismore.

When the judging was completed the winner was announced as Nicole Cowling from Maclean. Runner-up Penny Lee from Woodenbong and a special encouragement award was given to Samantha Diebert from Grafton.

Group One President Terry Seronespoke of group involvement and thanked Woodenbong for hosting the event.

Mr George said, “I was honoured to MC the inaugural Group Miss Teen Showgirls Finals.

“The young ladies were a credit to themselves, their families and the Show Societies they represented. Congratulations to Margaret Martin and the Woodenbong Show Committee and helpers who did a magnificent job in not only co-ordinating the day but also in organising the lovely lunch and the spectacular presentation of the hall. Thanks also for the support of the Woodenbong Central School”.

The function was well attended with families and members of each show represented.

President Margaret Martin said the young ladies were well presented and friendly and she gave special thanks to all involved including members of the community, Woodenbong Central School and to the Woodenbong Show Committee Members who worked tirelessly before hand and on the day to make this Inaugural event the wonder it was in every aspect.

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