EARLY childhood teacher and farmer Sarah Dring, Eneabba, has taken out the Mid West region final of the RASWA Rural Ambassador award at a gala cocktail function and dinner hosted by the North Midlands Agricultural Society (NMAS) in Carnamah on Saturday.
Ms Dring, who was the local NMAS representative, currently divides her time between teaching part-time in Geraldton and working on her parents Gary and Lee-Ann Dring's Eneabba farm, but intends to move to full-time farming next year.
It was a tightly contested title with four fellow finalists providing strong competition.
They were (in the order in which they spoke at the dinner) Nutrien Ag Solutions, Northampton, merchandise manager Caitlin Farrell, representing Chapman Valley Agricultural Society, teacher's aide and nanny Tiffany Chase representing Mingenew Midwest Expo, Sarah Mallard from Barrell Well Aboriginal Community, Ajana, who is studying to be a teacher's aide and represented Northampton District Agricultural Society and Mullewa Community Resource Centre manager Holly Freeman, who represented the Mullewa District Agricultural Society.
The winner was sashed by sec?etary-treasurer of the Mid West group of Affiliated Show Societies for 30 years Dianne Hulme, Ajana, watched by RASWA's councillor in charge of the Rural Ambassador program Anne Stroud and CEO Robyn Sermon, RASWA's first female CEO in the 192-year history of the organisation.
Speaking at the sold-out dinner attended by about 100 people, president Angela Dring said NMAS was delighted to host the 2022 regional final. "We have the spirit of agricultural societies within us and it's the common thread that draws communities together," Ms Dring said.
"The RASWA Rural Ambassador award is a national competition aimed for both men and women aged 20 to 30 years from rural areas who have a passion for living and working in their rural community.
"It gives the opportunity for the next generation of rural leaders to represent and promote their ideas, community and region while networking with like-minded young adults."
Ms Dring will represent the Mid West region at the State final at the Perth Royal Show in late September, with the State winner to contest the national final in Tasmania in 2023.
Judges were Kathryn Fleay, York, Brad Kupsch, Allanooka and Wendy Gould, Bolgart.
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