JACA CANDIDATE: Sharni Wren, 21, won’t let her learning disability get in the way of running for Jacaranda Queen.
JACA CANDIDATE: Sharni Wren, 21, won’t let her learning disability get in the way of running for Jacaranda Queen. Adam Hourigan

Nothing can stop Sharni running for Jacaranda Queen

SOME people have told Ulmarra lady Sharni Wren she wouldn't achieve much because of her learning disability.

Although Miss Wren has already proved them wrong by finding a meaningful job in aged care, she has gone one further and stepped forward as a Jacaranda Queen candidate.

"I've wanted to run for years and this year I have pushed myself to go for it," Miss Wren said.

"I'm kind of scared, but at the same time excited."

Miss Wren said she could already feel her confidence growing.

"I still feel like I have a long way to go."

Miss Wren said she started working at Dougherty Villa last year because her sister, who also works there, used to come home and say how good it was helping the residents.

"I love providing them company," she said.

"Then I asked the residents if I should run as a Jacaranda Queen candidate and they all said yes."

"The Jacaranda Festival is one of my favourite times of year in Grafton, especially seeing all the beautiful Jacaranda trees in bloom," she said.

"I love Jacaranda Thursday and seeing all the shops dressed up.

"I also love the markets, wearing purple and the performances.

"I'm very excited that this year I'm going to be part of the Jacaranda Festival."

Some of Miss Wren's pastimes include playing hockey and netball, camping, motorbike riding, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

Jacaranda Queen candidate nominations close this Saturday.



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