Olivia Sallaway will compete at the Miss Country Girl National Final in Sydney.
Olivia Sallaway will compete at the Miss Country Girl National Final in Sydney. Submitted

Sallaway in Country Girl finals

BLONDE beauty and Miss Country Girl Gympie 2009 Olivia Sallaway, 17, took out the Maryborough Preliminaries of Miss Country Girl Australia over the weekend, winning herself a place at the National Final in Sydney two years in a row.

The competition was tough, with 60 girls competing and 19 contestants progressing through to the final, however the judges saw Olivia as a clear standout.

“I’m excited to go down to Sydney again. I’ve been working really hard and even have a catwalk set up in my house to practice,” she said.

Judges Nigel Summers, of Vue Point DPI Photography, Heather Behrendorff, of Heather Behrendorff Modelling and Finishing Schools, and Scotty from Sea FM announced Shivon Le Bars, 18, and Michelle Holt, 10, second and third place respectively.

During her time in Sydney, Olivia will experience the spotlight with media training, acting classes, modelling workshops, photo shoots and a makeover styled by Label B by Toni & Guy.

The national final itself will again be on board the Bella Vista cruise ship on Sydney Harbour with guests including media, celebrities, scouts, agency representatives and, of course, friends and family.

In 2009, Olivia was described by modelling world heavyweights as “an amazing talent”.

Chosen from a field of 60 young beauties at the regional heats held at Centro Gympie last year, she was narrowly beaten by Goulburn girl Gemma Walsh-Robertson at the national finals. Organisers said Olivia represented herself and her community commendably.

“Olivia was beautiful, gracious and an amazingly good talent,” Miss Country Girl Australia director Katie Jones said.

It was Ms Jones who encouraged the Gympie teenager to keep pursuing her modelling dream.

Miss Country Girl Australia provides young rural and regional women the opportunity to establish a professional modelling career by breaking down geographic boundaries.

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