Miss Teen Aus­tralia strolls into Air­lie Beach for fi­nals

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Dane Lilling­stone Dane.Lilling­stone@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE Miss Teen Aus­tralia com­pe­ti­tion rolled into Air­lie Beach on Fri­day for the state fi­nals, with three lo­cal girls fly­ing the Whit­sun­day flag.

Paitin Pow­ell, 18, Is­abella Bur­nup, 14, and An­nica Shanks, 16, all took part in the Queens­land state fi­nals at the week­end as they joined a group of 75 hope­fuls in ju­nior and se­nior sections.

“This is ac­tu­ally my third year do­ing Miss Teen Aus­tralia,” Ms Pow­ell said.

“I’ve done it since I was about 15. I’ve been with Brooke Lee Mod­el­ling for the last cou­ple of years and Brooke’s just got­ten me into it and that’s how I’ve learnt re­ally.

“The first day we meet and greet with the girls and get to know ev­ery­body and ev­ery­one that helps out, take pho­tos and have fun.

“Satur­day night is the event. Se­niors are judged on swimwear and even­ing wear and the ju­niors it’s cock­tail and ac­tive wear. We’re judged on our per­son­al­ity, how we present our­selves on a stage and how we speak in front of peo­ple.”

The girls took part in photo shoots across Air­lie Beach be­fore head­ing to Mackay on Satur­day night for the fi­nals with Ms Pow­ell man­ag­ing to place as the 8th run­ner-up in se­niors.

Miss Teen Aus­tralia Queens­land state man­ager Brooke Lee said it was the the largest state fi­nal in Aus­tralia.

“The crown­ing cer­e­mony was a mas­sive suc­cess... with over 250 peo­ple at­tend­ing the show. Thank you to all of our spon­sors, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil and Mackay Re­gional Coun­cil for their sup­port as well,” she said.

The na­tional fi­nals will be held in Jan­u­ary in Cairns.

PHOTO: DANE LILLING­STONE PHOTO: IS­ABELLA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY LO­CAL REPS: Miss Teen Queens­land State Man­ager Brooke Lee with lo­cal en­trants Paiton Pow­ell, Is­abella Bur­nup and An­nica Shanks. IN­SET: Eighth run­ner-up Paitin Pow­ell, of Strathdickie, was en­ter­ing for her third year.

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