Roe­bourne win for Pil­bara girl

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ni­cola Kal­mar

After years of suf­fer­ing from doubt and low self-es­teem, Roe­bourne woman Treinaya Phillips proudly ac­cepted the ti­tle of role model after be­ing crowned the 2016 Pil­bara Girl win­ner last Fri­day night.

Ms Phillips was one of six Pil­bara fi­nal­ists who joined nine Kim­ber­ley Girl en­trants for the joint fi­nal event in Broome at the Goolarri Media En­ter­prises Am­phithe­atre.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tended the fi­nal, in­clud­ing spe­cial guests Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett, MLC Ken Bas­ton and Lib­eral can­di­date for the Kim­ber­ley War­ren Greatorex.

Through­out the night, the girls ex­uded grace, strength and con­fi­dence as they stormed the cat­walk dur­ing the glit­ter­ing pa­rade fea­tur­ing a spec­tac­u­lar show­case of fashion, glam­our and colour.

The evening cul­mi­nated in the re­turn of last year’s Pil­bara Girl win­ner Teeanne Brown and Kim­ber­ley Girl win­ner Dar­ri­lyn Gor­don to the stage to for­mally hand over their ti­tles.

Ms Phillips was de­clared the win­ner, while Tanaya Stevens took out first run­ner-up and Khey­lan Mitchell was the sec­ond run­nerup.

Djarind­jin woman Geraiyah Wig­gan was crowned the 2016 Kim­ber­ley Girl win­ner, while Mikay­lah Bin Sali was the first run­ner-up and Ash­leigh Collins came sec­ond run­ner-up.

Speak­ing mo­ments after the an­nounce­ment, Ms Phillips said she was “over­whelmed” and hon­oured to be this year’s Pil­bara Girl. “I am proud of my­self,” she said. “I think I’ve got a lot of con­fi­dence in my­self now. I can do any­thing. I can’t wait to go back home and tell the girls all about my ex­pe­ri­ence … I feel like a role model.”

Ms Phillips said she joined the pro­gram to ad­dress her lack of con­fi­dence.

“I had low self-es­teem when I first moved back to Roe­bourne from New­man be­cause I didn’t have any friends,” she said.

Ms Phillips said she had learnt so much from the Pil­bara Girl pro­gram, par­tic­u­larly when it came to ad­dress­ing is­sues such as bul­ly­ing, sui­cide and anger man­age­ment. As the 2016 win­ner, Ms Phillips said her fo­cus was to re­turn to her com­mu­nity and in­spire other girls to over­come their prob­lems and en­cour­age them to find in­ner strength to achieve their dreams.

“My fu­ture goal is to show the young girls who are get­ting into drugs and al­co­hol that we don’t need those drugs; we can be our bet­ter selves if we didn’t have all of that,” she said. “We don’t need that drug to be beau­ti­ful … we don’t need that stuff to do any­thing.”

Three other awards were given out, with Je­naya Cox named the am­bas­sador’s award win­ner, Ameliya Pe­dro tak­ing home the fa­cil­i­ta­tor’s award, and She­quarne Parker win­ning most pho­to­genic.

Pic­tures: Ni­cola Kal­mar

The 2016 Pil­bara Girl, Treinaya Phillips, and Kim­ber­ley Girl Geraiyah Wig­gan back­stage.

Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara Girl fi­nal­ists storm the cat­walk.

Pil­bara Girl win­ner Treinaya Phillips.

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