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City girl now a Clermont role model

SETTING AN EXAMPLE: Isaac Region Miss Showgirl 2014, Caitlyn Mcpherson is flanked by councillor Barbara Stranks and judge Rio Tinto Clermont Region general manager Dawid Pretorious.
SETTING AN EXAMPLE: Isaac Region Miss Showgirl 2014, Caitlyn Mcpherson is flanked by councillor Barbara Stranks and judge Rio Tinto Clermont Region general manager Dawid Pretorious. Contributed

THE country life isn't in her blood, but it's under her skin.

Two years after finishing high school in Brisbane, Caitlyn McPherson made a lifestyle change to move to the outback.

"My friends weren't too surprised I made the shift - I have always loved the country lifestyle," she said.

The 23-year-old is a role model for rural youth, after winning the 2014 Clermont Miss Showgirl title.

I want to inspire more young people to get involved with the community.

"I think there is a misconception about what Miss Showgirl is all about," she said.

"For me it's about being a role model.

"I want to inspire more young people to get involved with the community.

"It's the younger ones, who will be running the show before too long and there's a need to take part now."

When it's show time, Ms McPherson will have a busy schedule presenting awards, as well as being the event's "face" or ambassador.

At Clermont, she will also be at the helm of the fine arts exhibit.

In her spare time, Ms McPherson paints and draws and this year she will judge some of the show's exhibits.

While Ms McPherson admitted to missing her friends - it's long way from Bendemeer Station to Brisbane - she plans on staying in the bush for a little longer.

"I just love it," she said.

"I suppose it's the sense of community. Here, everyone knows me. In Brisbane I was just another person."

Bendemeer Station, which is situated north of Clermont and owned by the Burnett Group, is now Ms McPherson's home and workplace.

She described her job as being a juggle between nanny, gardener and allround worker.

For fun, she travels the campdraft circuit to watch her partner compete.

"It's something I would really love to do. I am not at the stage of competing myself yet," she said.

"We just came back from Twin Hills. I get really excited about going out to campdrafts.

"It's something I had never seen before - we don't have them in Brisbane."

The aim of the Miss Showgirl Awards, hosted by the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies, is to broaden the knowledge and participation of youth in shows and to provide an opportunity for young people to excel in leadership, community involvement and confidence.

The 2014 entrants will attend the Clermont Show's grand parade on May 28 and assist throughout the show, May 26-28.

Ms McPherson will also represent the Isaac region at the Central Highlands finals in June.

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