Maisie Morrow is honoured to represent her town Cassilis and Zone 5 – Oberon. She is involved in the Cassilis Rural Fire Brigade, Merriwa Show Society, Merriwa Country Women’s Association and the Scone Grasslands Society.
As an agronomist and livestock nutritionalist for Landmark, coupled with a degree in rural science, Ms Morrow is well prepared to take on the vital ambassadorial role of Sydney Royal Showgirl.
“Raising awareness of rural and regional NSW is essential for economic sustainability of global primary industries,” Ms Morrow said.
“We are a key contributor in the food security discussion and must maintain an active voice so farmers and producers have a seat at the table.”
Her interest in being a Showgirl was driven by her passion to support women in agriculture and emphasising their integral role in the industry.
“I would like to use this powerful position as a rural ambassador to encourage women to engage in their communities and showcase the diverse opportunities that exist in rural NSW,” she said.
The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl 2017 – First Runner UpEmma Gorman represents Zone 7 – Hillston and her hometown Wagga Wagga, where she is a medical student in her final year at the University of NSW.
“It’s important we acknowledge rural communities cannot survive without young people; they are the future doctors, farmers and teachers who will continue our agricultural shows,” Ms Gorman said.
The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl 2017 – Second Runner UpIsabel Hawken is a registered nurse in Orange representing Zone 5 – Oberon and aspires to work for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
“I have particularly enjoyed networking with other young women and people within my local community to address concerns and celebrate our region,” Ms Hawken said.
The competition has come a long way since 20 women first competed in 1962 and the inaugural winner, Miss Margaret McKay (late RAS Councillor Mrs Margaret Pennefather) was awarded $200 and a silver tray.