Confidence crowns all for Pilbara Girl winner
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.”
Pilbara Girl 2015 winner Teanne Brown.