Katelin sows seeds of success for women

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SHOWGIRL POWER: Eurobodalla Showgirl finalists Jess Afflick, Katelin Donovan and Jessica Cody at Moruya Showground on Saturday night.

Girl power was the theme of the night when the Eurobodalla District Showgirlwas crowned in Moruya on Saturday.

Bodalla’s KatelinDonovan took out the coveted sash for 2017 on January 14 after impressing the judges with her passion for the agricultural industry.

The 20-year-old entered the competition for the first time after a bit of proddingfrom Shelli Reid of the EurobodallaShow Society.

“Shelli asked me to enter and give it a go. With my agriculturalbackground, she thought I’d be good for it,” Miss Donovan said.

“I’ve lived on a 10-acre farm with my parents for 20 years and have always been involved with animals.

“I’ve also done a fair bit of showing with Narooma High School with beef and dairy cattle.”

Miss Donovan hoped to use her role to encourage more young women in the Eurobodalla to become involved with the rural sector.

“I want to be a voice for women in a male-dominated area and create a path for other people to follow, even if they don’t feel completely confident in it or come from an agricultural background,” she said.

“(Being the 2017 Showgirl) would be a really good stepping stone to go further into the agricultural field.

“I hope to grow and develop as a person and see where it takes me.”

Katelin Donovan, 2017 Eurobodalla ShowgirlBay Post/Moruya Examiner before the announcement on Saturday night.

She said the role was designed to develop the winner’s confidence, community engagement and public speaking skills.

“When we’re looking for a winner, we’re looking for someone who is passionate and going to benefit from the opportunity,” Mrs Enright said.

The former Grenfell resident hoped to see the overall contest and applicationrate expand over the coming years.

“There is much more to this opportunity than just a sash and your name in the paper – it’s something you can put on your resume to say you’ve represented your community,” she said.

Finalists Jess Afflick, 19, of Woodlands,and Jessica Cody, 22, of Moruya, also contested the top prize.

“There’s a lot of strength behind the women in the agriculturalindustry, they just don’t get enough of the credit,” Miss Cody said.

The three finalists were judged on their knowledge of the Eurobodalla Shire and experience of rural affairs, particularly the issues faced by women in regional areas.

Contestants were also judged on their ambitionsand ambassadorial qualities.

Miss Donovan will represent the shire at the zone finals on February 18.

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