Show's over for Kellie
GYMPIE Showgirl Kellie Gear has wished Jane Lillingstone all the best at the Ekka when she represents the region in the Miss Queensland Country Life Showgirl competition.
Miss Lillingstone, the Maleny Showgirl, won the Near North Coast Sub-Chamber finals held in Gympie Saturday night.
Gympie Show secretary Deb Rowlands said more than 100 people attended the Pavilion to watch nine girls battle it out for the honour of representing the region in Brisbane.
She said Miss Gear was an inspiration to other young girls in the region.
"Kellie didn't win but she did Gympie proud," Mrs Rowlands said.
While wishing Miss Lillingston well, Miss Gear urged other girls to enter the quest.
"Gympie hosts one of the best rural shows in Queensland and I was proud to be the ambassador for the Gympie Show Society and represent my region at the Sub-Chamber finals," Miss Gear said.
"I recommend any young woman who is looking to support their community and develop more confidence and life skills to enter the Showgirl quest.
"I know I have grown in confidence.
"I think back to the first public speech I gave in September at the Widgee Dog Trials. I was very nervous compared to the speech I gave at the Show Ball.
"There I was confident in an overwhelming situation."
Miss Gear was humbled by the community support given to her during her year.
"It proves to me that if you're prepared to put in the hard work you will be supported for your efforts."
She plans to join the Queensland Police Force and said the quest had taught her valuable people skills that would help her in her new career.
"I have made many new friends of various ages throughout my journey as a Showgirl entrant," she said.
"I have also fine-tuned my organisational skills, working a full-time job, studying externally and fundraising.
"I hope the success of my achievements encourages young people to become involved in the community."