The VAS Junior Show Ambassador Award highlights and celebrates rural and regional young people, with a particular emphasis on candidates who are involved in their local shows. The Award seeks to draw attention to the talent, creativity and ingenuity of young rural youth in NSW and Victoria, and in doing so, encourages the candidates to become engaged citizens across local communities.
The aims of the Junior Show Ambassador is to have the opportunity to partake in a competition, whilst still residing in their local district; contribute to a local show and meet likeminded people with similar interests. The competition is open to entrants, male or female, aged 16-19 years at the time of the local show, and to residents of NSW and Victoria.
Judging is based on a semi-formal interview, encompassing the following:
Community/Show Involvement - 20 points
General & Rural Knowledge - 20 points
Ambitions & Goals - 20 points
Communication Skills - 20 points
Personality & Confidence - 10 points
Overall Presentation - 10 points
TOTAL - 100 points
Finley is part of the Goulburn Valley Riverina Shows Association (GVRSA) Group for the Junior Show Ambassador Award. Entrants are judged at local level, the winner then goes on to compete in the GVRSA Group Final in Shepparton in April 2019. One winner will then be selected to go on and represent the GVRSA in the State Final held in June at the VAS State Convention. As a former State Finalist, those interested in entering this competition are urged to get in touch with Michelle Barnes to hear more about her experience.
2018 GVRSA Representatives: Victoria Kennedy (Carrot Cake), Michelle Barnes (Junior Show Ambassador) and Shirley Coldwell (Open Photography).