Don’t be surprised if the judges from this year’s Miss Dubbo Showgirl competition refuse to take on the role again next year.
After what has been dubbed the most difficult-to-judge contest in memory by chief judge Patrick Keast from the Agricultural Society Council of New South Wales, speech pathologist Debbie Burmester took out the coveted title of Miss Dubbo Showgirl 2001.
“I’ve been doing this type of thing for about nine years and this is the hardest yet,” Mr Keast admitted after the announcement.
“Dubbo should be very proud to see such involvement.”
Also on hand to lend a little advice to the contestants were 1999 Miss Dubbo Showgirl and chief steward Jane Hollow, and Miss Royal Easter Showgirl Kate Woodward.
After the long and agonising decision which kept Mr Keast, along with fellow judges Jenny Lloyd from Mendooran CWA and Rhonda Orr from Eastern Australia Airlines, debating to the very last second, the enthusiastic 21-year-old accepted her sash from Miss Dubbo Showgirl 2000 Amanda Beazley.
On accepting the title of Miss Dubbo Showgirl 2001 Debbie was a little shaken and was undecided as to whether it was the cold wind or the thrill of winning that had affected her.
“I’m very excited and a little nervous at the moment,” Debbie said directly after the announcement.
“It has been such a fabulous day and it was such a privilege to be among such great contestants. I’m really looking forward to my role in the future.”
Debbie works for the Department of Community Services in her role as a speech pathologist and thrives on helping those around her to benefit from her skills.
The 21-year-old comes to Dubbo from Queensland were she attended school at Wellington Point State High School before studying for her degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland.
“I want to live each day as it comes and take every opportunity to do new things in may life,” Debbie said.
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