About the Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Awards

The Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Awards for the past 35 years has provided an opportunity for young women to be involved in the agricultural industry, the show movement and their local communities.  They in turn gain personal development, have an opportunity to pursue leadership roles in their community and in the workplace.  The Awards have made a significant contribution to the advancement of women in regional and rural areas ever since the first Queensland Showgirl was awarded in 1983.

The Showgirl Awards hosted by the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies and promoted by the Queensland Country Life newspaper have together offered hundreds of Queensland women each year to be involved in one of the great Australian traditions – the local Show.

The young woman selected will act as an ambassador for the next 12 months and will attend as many shows throughout her region and Queensland as possible. In 2017 the winner has the opportunity to attend the IAFE (International Association of Fairs & Expositions) annual convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2018 winner will attend the RASC (Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth) Conference to be held in Edmonton, Canada.


 


2017 Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Awards State Winners
WINNER - Claire Jackson representing Central & North West Queensland

RUNNER UP - Marinka Zanetich representing North Queensland

MISS POPULAR - Jessica Cummings representing South East Queensland


 
 


Competition Details

Competition Coordinator - Mrs Lorraine Crothers 

E: crothdl@bigpond.com 


Miss Showgirl Exchange - QLD & NSW

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 .


2017 Sponsors

Queensland Country Life

Brisbane Riverview Hotel

Bruce Robinson Diamonds

Sunny Queen Australia

Westpac Agribusiness

RB Sellars

Mr Paul White

Showmen’s Guild of Australasia

The Star, Gold Coast

Mrs Gina Fairfax

Gidgee Smith Bags

Preston Peak Wines

Brisbane Bus Lines

Brisbane Luggage, Stafford

Natio

Yellow Cabs

Ipswich Florist

Doug Hall & Co

Cootharaba Beef Genes

Australian Show Ribbons

James, Carmel & Bridget Delahunty – Priceline Pharmacy

Optomo

Helen Seccombe Jewellery

Mrs Kathie Lange

Mr Graham Jensen OAM

Two Mad Hatters

Covergirl

Stefan

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


Previous Winners  
Year  Winner Sub Chamber
 2017 Claire Jackson  Central & North West Queensland

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