Tenterfield 2020 showgirl entrant Rachel Cowin featured at dinner

2020 SHOWGIRL: Rachel Cowin

2020 SHOWGIRL: Rachel Cowin

2020 showgirl entrant Rachel Cowin made her public debut at a dinner at the Best Western Henry Parkes Restaurant on Saturday night.

"I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the Tenterfield community," Rachel said.

Tenterfield Show was important to her, she said. "I always enjoy attending the show with my family and witnessing the event bring the community together."

The event also honoured the 2019 showgirl, Stephanie Kennedy. "I am extremely proud of myself and the effort I have put in over the previous year," Stephanie said. "I look forward to staying involved in the Show Society, and continuing to support the Showgirl Committee."

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Kelly Mooney, the 2018 Tenterfield showgirl and a finalist in the 2019 Land Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl State competition, encouraged young women to participate in the showgirl movement.

"Since returning from Sydney," she said, "I would really like to see many more girls enter their local showgirl competition. Whether you're entering at local or state level, appreciate the moment and stay humble. Enter your competition with a goal to develop yourself, not to win the sash. With this attitude, I can assure every entrant that she will win more within herself than any sash could ever give her."

April Squire from Narrabri also encouraged young women to participate. April was another finalist in the competition; she is now a guest judge. She told showgirls that the age limit of 18 to 25 years is there for a reason.

"Don't underestimate the value of being involved in the showgirl program," she said. "You may be called 'too young', but there's no such thing as too young. Young people offer new perspectives."

Bec Cope, also a guest judge from Narrabri, represented the ASC NextGen. "Being a showgirl continues to open up doors for me," she said. "This could happen to any young girl who put up her hand to enter."

The event was larger than the previous year's; those present enjoyed dinner, entertainment by Jess Lockwood, lucky door prizes, raffles, and guest speakers.

The Tenterfield Showgirl Committee (Ellie Griffiths, Leyla Campbell, Katrina Chisholm, Keely Mooney, and Stephanie Kennedy) thanked all community members who purchased tickets.

The Committee invite all to attend the Junior and Senior Showgirl Presentation at 6pm on Friday, February 7, in the Main Arena. This year, a new award to the Tenterfield Community will be presented.

The Next Gen Youth Contribution Award recognises members aged 18-35 years of age for their continued contributions to their local Show. This award recognises quiet achievers, and encourages youth to stay involved with their local Show Society.

The Tenterfield Show Society has numerous young committee members who give time and involvement to the Tenterfield Show Society.

Rachel believes that it is extremely important for the Tenterfield Community to get behind the Tenterfield Show this coming weekend, and enjoy the free entry and many of the events.

Rachel Cowin was also named Young Citizen of the Year 2020 on Australia Day for her dedication to her school community. She was awarded The Reuben F Scarf Award for Commitment to Education for her contribution as school captain in 2019.