SHOWSTOPPERS: 2018 Rural Ambassador Sarah Shaw with last year's Miss Showgirl Millie Bach.
SHOWSTOPPERS: 2018 Rural Ambassador Sarah Shaw with last year's Miss Showgirl Millie Bach. Joseph Barclay

Jandowae residents flock to their annual Showball

MORE than 90 residents converged on the Jandowae Golf Club last Saturday night to celebrate the Jandowae and District Show Society's annual Showball.

There was an added level of significance as this event precedes the 70th anniversary of the Jandowae Show, which will take place on March 24.

There were a number of entrants across the five showgirl categories, which included the Junior Minor, Junior Princess, Junior Showgirl, Miss Showgirl and Rural Ambassador awards.

In the younger bracket, Junior Minor was awarded to Imogen Taylor, Junior Princess went to Sophie Maunder and Sheralee Wenham won Junior Showgirl.

The two remaining awards went to Sarah Shaw who was named Rural Ambassador and Andy Magnussen who took out the prestigious Miss Showgirl gong.

Rural Ambassador Sarah Shaw said she was pleased to be able to represent the community and noted her inspiration behind participating.

"It's great to be recognised as the Rural Ambassador, I think it's a great opportunity to promote local shows and it helps bring more energy to the region,” she said.

"I've been more actively involved in various local shows around the district in recent years, and I just felt this year would be the right time to run for the position.

"I've done a fair bit of reading on what the role entails and I thought it would be something I enjoy.”

Ms Shaw also took time to recognise the Jandowae and District Show Society.

"I want to thank them for allowing me to represent my community as well as for putting on such a great event,” she said.

Ms Shaw said she hopes the younger generation can continue to support their locals shows as without them events such as the Jandowae Showball will no longer happen.

Last year's Miss Showgirl winner Millie Bach spoke about the important impact events like the Showball can have on young women.

"I think it has a number of positive benefits for a variety of reasons,” she said.

"Whether it is giving participants a boost in confidence, enhancing their public speaking skills or giving them a better understanding of their local area, there's no doubting that the Showball is a great initiative.”

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