Saddle swap for snorkel
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.