The 2019 Wauchope Showgirl Kim Tout will represent zone 1 - and Wauchope - in The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl competition.
Kim was placed in the top two at the zone 1 judging in Taree on Saturday night.
She was selected following a series of onstage interviews and attending a formal dinner. Her selection continues a strong tradition for Wauchope Showgirls at this level. In 2018 Nikki Gibbs won the state title.
Kim admitted to being "pretty excited" about representing the region at the Sydney Royal.
"I can't wait. I think it will be a wonderful opportunity to develop further skills," she said.
"It is quite exciting but I am also very grateful for having this opportunity.
"The Showgirl competition helps you in so many ways including confidence, interviewing and personal skills and giving you the ability to stand up in front of people and to be the best person you can.
"You also bring these skills back in to your workplace too.
"It definitely helps build your self-confidence and you develop a stronger sense of yourself."
Kim said the Sydney Royal experience will be quite overwhelming but will still be a massive experience.
"It will be very rewarding and a great chance to represent our community in Sydney," she said.
It will be very rewarding and a great chance to represent our community in Sydney.Kim Tout
The 23-year-old hasn't missed a Wauchope Show since she was born and has been competing since she could walk.
She is the third generation of her family to be involved in the show and is a director of the Wauchope Show Society.
Kim is also the current president of the Hastings District Pony Club where she's been a member since she could walk.
The association with the Wauchope Show Society is one of the driving forces behind her decision to enter the Showgirl competition - she was also a runner-up in 2017.
"The attraction for me is all about lifestyle and seeing our youth improving themselves through the schools and clinics we run," she said.
"Just watching the growth of our riders is very rewarding.
"I think it is important to give back to the club that gave me a start and helped me.
"I don't want anyone to miss out on what I had as a youngster," she said.
She also thanked the Wauchope Show Society for providing her the opportunity and support on her showgirl journey.
"It is very humbling to represent our area," she added.
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