Moura Coal and Coun­try Fes­ti­val

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

AMELLIA MOORE was crowned the Moura Coal and Coun­try Fes­ti­val En­trant of the Year in the lead-up to the fes­ti­val over the week­end and for 19 year-old it runs in the fam­ily.

A few fam­ily mem­bers of Amellia’s have en­tered the En­trant of the Year in the past in­clud­ing Amellia’s mother.

Amellia said you could say it was in her blood.

“I feel like that would be a good way to put it,” she said.

Amellia grew up on the out­skirts of Ba­nana and at­tended Moura High School.

Through­out the years Amellia has been in­volved in a num­ber of sport­ing group.

Her in­ter­est and pas­sion for the in­dus­try has lead her to study at Bach­e­lor of Ex­er­cise and Sports Sci­ence.

When isn’t study­ing and work­ing at two lo­cal Moura food estab­lish­ments, Amellia is a ded­i­cated horse woman.

She has been a long-time com­peti­tor of polocrosse and horse-rac­ing.

She also worked with horses in Sydney for six months in 2014.

Adding to her busy study­ing, horses and work­ing sched­ule was the work in­volved in or­gan­is­ing events and ac­tiv­i­ties in fundrais­ing for the Moura Coal and Coun­try Fes­ti­val.

Amellia re­flected on her time and said it was well worth the ex­haus­tion.

“It was re­ally good, I re­ally en­joyed it,” she said.

“I strug­gled with sleep but it is some­thing I would def­i­nitely do again.”

A lo­cal her­self, Amellia has many mem­oires of go­ing to the Moura Coal and Coun­try Fes­ti­val.

“My mem­o­ries would be the bal­let float,” she said.

“And the bar­rel race and pony club side of things.

“Those mem­o­ries are very spe­cial to me.”

Amellia be­lieves the fes­ti­val has a strong fu­ture.

“I don’t think it is dy­ing, it just has another edge to it,” she said. She hopes the fes­ti­val stays around for years to come.

“It is some­thing I grew up do­ing and want my kids to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence it as well,” she said. Amellia also hopes to see oth­ers en­ter the En­trant and Fundraiser of the Year and has al­ready be­gun work­ing her way in con­vinc­ing oth­ers to do it.

“I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it,” she said.

“It is worth tak­ing the jump and do­ing it.”

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

CROWNED: Amellia Moore of­fi­cially open­ing the Moura Coal and Coun­try Fes­ti­val.

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