Show Girl 2022
Recognising, Developing and Celebrating Young Female Leaders in our Communities
Hi, my name is Hannah Costello and I’m 19 years old. I have lived in Cloncurry for 10 years since my family moved from Brisbane in 2012.
My dads job transfer led us here, and we had no idea what to expect after only seeing faces that you’ve never seen before and will never see again; to running into half the town every time you get your groceries. It didn’t take long to settle and the community welcomed us instantly.
My parents have now moved to Dalby to be closer to family but I couldn’t leave Cloncurry, it’s home. I attended Grades 4-12 at Cloncurry State School; where I was an active student councillor for 7 years and School Captain in 2020. During most of my high school years I worked at Foodworks part-time. But now the school where I gained majority of my education is also my workplace. My biggest passion is for travelling, which started at a very young age but when I was selected in Grade 10 to travel to Japan and be completely immersed in the culture for 2 weeks- I was mind-blown. I stayed with the most amazing host family, attended school and visited many traditional places- which inspired and influenced me to begin pursuing a career as a journalist. I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Journalism online through the University of Southern Queensland.
The travel bug that is ever-growing inside of me also led me to spending 3 months of 2021 working in the Northern Territory at a remote roadhouse and my days off consisted of heading out to the station to visit my partner and work the cattle with him. Now that our Gap Year is over and we’re back home, my partner and I spend our free time with our dogs, and exploring the beautiful outback. The land is one of my absolute favourite things about Cloncurry. And the people. There’s no question that Cloncurry is the Friendly Heart of the Great North West. I love taking photos of the landscape too and have even painted it a few times. I have decided to participate in the Queensland Country Life Agriculture Showgirl Competition and proudly represent the Cloncurry and District Show as it has been something I have always wanted to do since I attended my first Cloncurry Show at the age of 9 and had only moved to town a week prior. Now, being old enough to participate- I couldn’t think of a reason not to. This outback show is one of the best around and I’m so proud to call Cloncurry home.
My name is Leonie Ansell, I am 23 years old and am super excited to be one of the Cloncurry and District Show Society’s Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl entrants.
I fell in love with Cloncurry and the North West before I even moved here through stories from my family members and their lives while living in the North West, an assignment on John Flynn and a trip to Cloncurry with a friend during school holidays! The stars finally aligned, and I moved to Cloncurry at the start of 2021 to commence my teaching career at St Joseph’s Catholic School.
I have continued teaching Year 2 in 2022 and I am looking forward refining my craft as I gain more experience.
In my spare time, I love to sing! Along with singing, I can play the violin and a little piano and guitar. I also love participating in dance classes and playing social sports like touch and netball.
I have entered Cloncurry and District Show Society’s Miss Showgirl competition because I want to showcase Cloncurry and everything it has to offer! I also want to improve my confidence in the space of public speaking – normally you’ll catch me singing! Along with this, I want to meet and network with people so that I can grow as a member of the community. The Queensland Country Life Showgirls encapsulate everything that I want to be as a young woman. I aspire to be a role model within the community that people can look up to, the beautiful young girls that I teach in particular!
A Virtual Etiquette Course presented by Trisha from TMT Deportment & Etiquette who generously volunteered her time to our 2022 showgirls