Finley’s Clare McNamara will be a guest of honour at this Sunday’s anniversary Finley Show.By Hannah Nichols
Clare is Finley Showgirl for the 100th local show and the 54th showgirl overall, after the competition started in 1959.
She was crowned at a at the Finley RS Club recently and attending Sunday’s show will be her first official apperance since.
The 2013 Finley Showgirl competition was held Saturday, August 17 with the winner announced at the formal dinner that evening.
Clare McNamara, 21, was awarded the prestigious title with Liana Prentice, 17, named runner-up.
Miss McNamara said she had entered the competition to get back into the community after recently returning to the area.
To qualify, she had to go through an interview process and a informal public speaking appearance.
‘‘I had an interview on Saturday afternoon.
‘‘We were asked about what makes Finley great, what we like about the community and our goals.
‘‘The interview took about 15 to 20 minutes.’’
The Showgirl competitors then attended the Finley Showgirl Reunion Dinner where they were presented to the room and asked to introduce themselves.
Miss McNamara humbly said she thought the fact she was a bit older then the other girls gave her a slight winning edge.
She has been back in Finley since June, and has been working at the Learning Tree as a tutor.
At the same time Miss McNamara is also completing a university degree by correspondence.
‘‘I had experienced university and wanted to come back to Finley.
‘‘The Learning Tree presented with an opportunity too good to refuse,’’ she said.
Miss McNamara said she had entered the competition for the invaluable experience.
‘‘The experience gives you the opportunity to be thrown back in the community while developing skills,’’ she said.
Miss McNamara will now represent the Finley region in the zone showgirl finals next year, to be held in Griffith in February.
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