Lowood girl's win at the Ekka
AFTER three rounds of intense competition Lowood's Sarah Hannah was announced as the Queensland Rural Ambassador at the Ekka.
The school teacher said she could not believe her success and is excited to fulfil the role.
"I was absolutely thrilled, the calibre of the other nine Rural Ambassador candidates from across Queensland was outstanding," she said.
"To be named as the Queensland Rural Ambassador is such an honour.
"It's a fantastic opportunity to highlight the needs of the agricultural sector and to promote further youth involvement in local show societies."
Ms Hannah said as Rural Ambassador she will also aim to bridge the gap between city and country.
"I will be travelling to many rural and remote shows across Queensland to help judge their local Rural Ambassador entrants," she said.
"At these local shows I will also be promoting the 'Next Generation' movement that aims to get more youth involved in rural shows."
She said her community from Lowood and Glamorgan Vale were with her every step of the way.
"My 'cheerleaders' have followed me from the Lowood Show to the Boonah Sub Chamber finals, and then on to the Royal Queensland Show," she said.
"I have been lucky enough to meet some of the most passionate young people in Queensland, and together we are working on maintaining the local shows movement."
Member of Lowood Show Society Elaine Kammholz said as soon as she met Sarah she knew the society was "on to a winner".
"We're ecstatic, just over the moon," she said. "She will do Queensland proud."
As Queensland Rural Ambassador Ms Hannah said she aims to develop an education training program to highlight the importance of farming and agriculture in Australia.
"I hope to build on the already existing support for the product-to-plate movement but extend this into a statewide educational experience," she said.
"Hearing stories from the most far flung regions of Queensland has really opened my own eyes to some of the issues facing them in their day-to-day lives."
The next stage of the competition will be held in Sydney next year when Ms Hannah will be competing for the national Rural Ambassador title.