2016 QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE MISS SHOWGIRL STATE WINNERS 

WINNER – KAITLYN SHULTZ REPRESENTING SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

RUNNER UP – CHLOE MAXWELL REPRESENTING WEST MORETON AND BRISBANE VALLEY

MISS POPULAR – MISS SHANA EDWARDS REPRESENTING CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

 

About the QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE MISS SHOWGIRL AWARDS

The aim of the Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Awards is to broaden the knowledge and participation of our youth in the Show Movement and in return for them to learn life long skills and gain personal development.

The Showgirl Awards hosted by the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies Inc. is not only for rural women – it seeks the support from 128 Show Societies in both regional and metropolitan areas.  The 11 State Finalists will be selected from hundreds of entrants across the state. They are first selected as their local Showgirl followed by their sub chamber finals to compete at the State Final held at the Brisbane Royal Show (EKKA).

The Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl acts as an ambassador for Queensland Agricultural Shows for 12 months – her role is to encourage and promote the local Show to the Queensland youth.  She is selected for her knowledge, her presentation and her passion for her community and her State.  The competition is no beauty contest, nor is it an ‘intelligence’ test: it is for young Queensland women to raise the profile of Queensland Shows.  Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Awards is extremely relevant to the advancement of young Queenslanders and to the enhancement of community spirit throughout the State.  The Awards provides an opportunity to excel in leadership, community involvement, self management and confidence.

MISS SHOWGIRL FORMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Guidelines for Judges and Show Societies can be found in the Resilience Tool Kit Centre. (Please note that a Show Society log-in is required to view the RTK)

 

Competition details 

Competition Coordinator - Mrs Lorraine Crothers 

E: crothdl@bigpond.com 

Showgirl Exchange between New South Wales and Queensland

In 2011 the Queensland Shows and NSW Shows formed an Exchange Program for their respective Showgirl Winners, Queensland and NSW are the only States who conduct the Awards. This program has proven very successful and will hopefully continue for many years. The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl has been running considerably longer than Queensland commencing in 1962,  whereas the first year for a State competition in Queensland was 1983.  The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl each year joins the Queensland  Finalists in Brisbane for a few days at the Ekka. The winner of the  Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl  then attends the Sydney Royal Show the following year. The exchange program provides the State Winners the opportunity to experience a few "Days in the lives of Showgirls" from another State .


History of the Miss Showgirl Awards

The idea of conducting a Miss Showgirl Competition was first brought to a Queensland Chamber Meeting in February 1982 by Mr Bevan Standsby, the South West Queensland Delegate at the time.

In June 1982, the Darling Downs Sub-Chamber Delegate and State Vice President, Mr Gilbert Lange again raised the matter and after much debating and persuasive argu­ment it was agreed to run a Final in 1983. A committee appointed from the Darling Downs (Mrs Lillian Krog, and Messrs Graham Jensen, Gilbert Lange and Richard Pietsch) conducted the event. After consultation with Mr Blair Chadwick from Queensland Country Life (who were to be the major sponsors) the contest was under­way. Other sponsors were obtained and Rules were drawn up using the New South Wales Competition Criteria as a guideline.

The first Showgirl Winner was Esther Smith from South West Queensland and Charmaine Bondfield from the Darling Downs was Runner-up. In 1984 the first National Final was held and since then two Queensland girls have taken out the Na­tional Title; namely Kim Watkins in 1986 and Kylie Farmer in 1992. Kim became well known as a TV presenter. The National Miss Showgirl Competition ceased in 2000.

Since its inception in 1983 the Showgirl Awards has offered the opportunity to hundreds of young Queensland women to become involved in one of the great Australian traditions their Local Show. The Awards are just one of the many ways that allow the youth of Queensland to participate in their local Show. Showgirl Awards, Rural Ambassador and Young Judges are all hosted by the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies the governing body of Queensland Shows. Our aim is to broaden the knowledge and participation of our youth in the Show Movement. We hope all participants will continue their association by becoming involved with the "Next Gen" a Sub Committee of the Queensland Chamber.


2016 Sponsors:

  • Alpha First Aid Supplies & First Aid Training
  • Australian Show Ribbons
  • Brisbane Bus Lines
  • Brisbane Luggage Store (Stafford)
  • Brisbane River View Hotel
  • Bruce Robinson Diamonds
  • Cootharaba Beef Genes
  • D.A. Hall & Co Millmerran
  • Helen Seccombe
  • Ipswich Florist
  • James, Carmel & Bridget Delahunty - Priceline Pharmacy
  • Jupitors Gold Coast
  • Mr Graham Jensen OAM
  • Mrs Gina Fairfax
  • Mrs Kathie Lange
  • Natio PTY LTD
  • Preston Peak Wines, Toowoomba 
  • Queensland Country Life
  • R B Sellars
  • Ray White Rural & Livestock
  • Showmen's Guild of Australasia 
  • Stefan Hair Fashions
  • Sunny Queen Australia
  • The Two Mad Hatters (Robinstrang)
  • Tom's Tarps Goondiwindi
  • Westpac Agribusiness 
  • Yellow Cabs

Our thanks to the Royal National Association for their support in including the State Showgirl Finalists in their Ekka program.


MISS SHOWGIRL PREVIOUS WINNERS

Year
QLD Show Girl 
Representing

2016

Kaitlyn Shultz

South East Queensland

2015

Michelle Mesner

Darling Downs 

2014

Sophie Hughes

Burnett

2013

Donna Baker

Burnett

2012

Jessica Robinson

Central QLD

2011

Samantha Gluer

Darling Downs

2010

Christie Menzies

South West QLD

2009

Aimee Davina

Burnett

2008

Ayla McIntyre 

South West QLD

2007

Amanda Lindeman

Central Highlands

2006

Jacinta Tonscheck

Darling Downs

2005

Sara Dieckmann

West Moreton & Brisbane Valley

2004

Rebecca Jennings

West Moreton & Brisbane Valley

2003

Michelle Fritz

Central QLD

2002

Jacqui Illa

South East QLD

2001

Kate Burton

South West QLD

2000

Bronwen Croner

Burnett

1999

Helen Dennis

Central Highlands

1998

Lauren Pearce

Darling Downs

1997

Alita Blackmuir

South East QLD

1996

Allison Storie

South West QLD

1995

Lucy Johnston

South West QLD

1994

Sharee Ware

Central QLD

1993

Julianne Paget

Darling Downs

1992

Kylie Farmer

Darling Downs

1991

Anita McAuley

West Moreton & Brisbane Valley

1990

Michelle Piddick

Burnett

1989

Michelle Cole

Near North Coast

1988

Stacey Kibble

South East QLD

1987

Margie Page

Near North Coast 

1986

Kim Watkins

South East QLD

1985

Kylie Williams

Burnett

1984

Sue Robinson

South East QLD

1983

Esther Smith

South West QLD

The Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies gratefully acknowledge the generous support and sponsorship provided by the Queensland Country Life