Showtime: 2003 Showgirl Deanna Stewart is urging girls to nominate.
Showtime: 2003 Showgirl Deanna Stewart is urging girls to nominate.

2003 Showgirl urges girls to enter

WHEN the sash was placed over Deanna Stewart’s shoulders at the 2003 Grafton Showgirl competition, she had no idea what would stem from that show weekend.

In 2004, she attended the zone finals, was named the zone winner and then contested the finals at Sydney Royal Easter Show that same year.

Deanna was also the last Grafton Showgirl to make it all the way to Sydney for the finals of the competition and wanted to share her journey in the hope of encouraging more girls to nominate for this years competition.

“My mum was a showgirl and so was my sister. I was also a junior showgirl so it was kind of in my blood,” she said.

“It’s a little disappointing that the show society has only received three nominations so far this year. It is a wonderful opportunity no girl should pass up.”

While Deanna now lives in Rockhampton, she says that her showgirl win has followed her.

“Every time a potential employer has read my resume, they have picked up on that little detail. It shows commitment to your community; you learn excellent interview skills going through the competition,” she said.

“The friendships have also stuck. I am getting married next month in Grafton and one of the girls I met at the zone finals is one of my bridesmaids.”

Deanna also stressed that you don’t have to be a country girl to nominate.

“At the finals in Sydney, most of the girls were doctors, lawyers and nurses,” she said. “I would recommend that any young Grafton women nominate. It really is an excellent opportunity.”

If you would like to nominate for Grafton Showgirl, contact the Grafton Agricultural Show 6642 2240



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