Roebourne win for Pilbara girl
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.
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.