Con­fi­dence crowns all for Pil­bara Girl win­ner

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler and Ni­cola Kal­mar

The hunt for this year’s Pil­bara Girl is over, with 17-yearold Kar­ratha stu­dent Teanne Brown crowned the win­ner in Broome this month.

The Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley Girl pro­gram, run by Goolarri Me­dia, in­cludes a se­ries of work­shops to in­sti­gate pos­i­tive change in the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity of young in­dige­nous women.

Ms Brown was one of 14 fi­nal­ists who strut­ted down the cat­walk at the 12th an­nual event held at the Goolarri Am­phithe­atre on Oc­to­ber 9.

Af­ter four weeks of hard work and prepa­ra­tion since the semi­fi­nals in Roe­bourne, Ms Brown took the 2015 Pil­bara Girl ti­tle, with Ava Watkins, 16, and Terri Mur­phy crowned first and sec­ond run­ners-up re­spec­tively.

Other award re­cip­i­ents crowned dur­ing the evening in­cluded 2015 Kim­ber­ley Girl win­ner Dar­rylin Gor­don and first run­ner-up, Jo­dene Gar­stone.

Ms Brown said she was over­whelmed and hon­oured to win the 2015 Pil­bara ti­tle.

“It was prob­a­bly the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my en­tire life,” she said. “It gave me a lot of con­fi­dence — on a scale of 1 to 10, I think I started on a four and now I’m nearly a 10.

“Get­ting up on stage is the best feel­ing — I was so scared at first but af­ter I got up there I never wanted to leave.”

The 17-year-old said she was ex­cited about fly­ing the flag for the lead­er­ship pro­gram when she re­turned to school in Kar­ratha.

“When I came back I told all the in­dige­nous girls they needed to ap­ply for Pil­bara Girl 2016,” she said.

“So many of the girls were so shy when we met and by the end of the week they had gained so much con­fi­dence.

“Com­ing from Kar­ratha, it was also re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing to meet girls from re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and learn about their back­grounds.”

Ms Brown said af­ter she com­pleted Year 12 this month, she hoped to travel to Perth to study so­cial work at univer­sity.

She said she hoped her suc­cess would in­spire other young in­dige­nous women to fol­low their dreams.

“I’m scared, but also ex­cited to be start­ing a new chap­ter in my life,” she said.

“It’s go­ing to be hard, but I’m de­ter­mined to fin­ish.”

Pic­ture: Ed­ward Tran

Pil­bara Girl 2015 win­ner Teanne Brown.

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