Wellington’s Geena Purcell has described the 2018 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl state finals as nothing short of the experience of a lifetime.
Geena was one of 14 finalists from around NSW to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show on March 20 to 25.
The program included a visit to patients in Westmead Children’s Hospital, a professional development day, behavioral test and a visit to the Government and Parliament houses.
Finalists partook in a 20-minute face-to-face interview with the judging panel on Friday where they were quizzed on their ambitions, community involvement, rural infrastructure, international trade and more.
Geena said it was the perfect opportunity to make a great impression.
“You put so much time and effort into getting that far and that was the pinnacle moment of the whole program, to really express your passion and your goals as an ambassador for not only Wellington but regional and rural NSW,” she said.
This was followed by an interconnections program on Saturday where finalists were matched with mentors, before taking part in the Grand Parade and Official Opening Dinner later that evening.
The winning finalist was announced on Sunday, Nikki Gibbs of Wauchope taking the crown for 2018, followed by Polly Easey of Quirindi and Grace Allen of Forbes. Geena said she gained valuable knowledge from the experience.
“The personal development and knowledge I now have to put into the Wellington Show Society is invaluable and regardless Wellington was discussed in such a positive light in Sydney on such a big arena in front of many important people, so hopefully that will benefit our community in the future,” she said.
“There is opportunity there now for some real growth and development.
“Thank you to showgirl coordinator Bev Hutchinson for your support, and the Wellington Show Society for their contributions in getting me to Sydney and making me believe that I could represent Wellington on such a large scale.”