Sad­dle swap for snorkel

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE rodeo came to town last week in the form of Miss Rodeo Canada 2013, Gil­lian Shields. On a promotional visit to this coun­try, the 21-year-old, who hails from Dids­bury, Al­berta, en­joyed a trip to the reef with Quick­sil­ver and was im­pressed with Port Dou­glas so much she ex­tended her stay by a day. This meant a 3am de­par­ture to Ade­laide to ap­pear at a rodeo there.

Michael Healy, Quick­sil­ver group di­rec­tor sales and mar­ket­ing said, ‘‘Canada is a strong mar­ket for Port Dou­glas and the Cana­di­ans and Aussies have a strong in­fin­ity with each other. We are con­fi­dent that Gil­lian’s visit will add pro­file to our re­gion in Canada and re­in­force to our Cana­dian brethren that Port Dou­glas and the Great Bar­rier Reef con­tinue to be a must visit for all trav­ellers from Canada.’’

Ms Shields said, ‘‘Not only am I an am­bassa- dor for Miss Rodeo Canada, but now for Port Dou­glas.’’ Ms Shields also re­ceived VIP treat­ment at the Wildlife Habi­tat where the high­lights were hold­ing a koala and tak­ing selfie pho­tos with kan­ga­roos.

She said Port Dou­glas was the high­light of her trip by a long way and she would def­i­nitely re­turn.

Ms Shields told the Gazette that her flight had touched down at Rock­hamp­ton on her way north but she hadn’t had a chance to see any of our beef pro­duc­tion ar­eas.

She’s had a quin­tes­sen­tial ru­ral life in Canada, own­ing her first horse at five years old and com­pet­ing in rodeos from the age of 12. She is also an ‘‘avid bar­rel racer’’.

Be­sides all that, she plays vi­olin and is study­ing to be an ele­men­tary mu­sic teacher and a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher.

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