Mini Miss Emma Lynch captures crown
Local girls compete, win titles at Mount Pearl pageant
It’s not all about tiaras and twirling on stage for four-year-old Emma Lynch, although she did a little of both on Sunday, Jan. 10.
The Shearstown resident took part in her first provincial pageant competition in Mount Pearl — the Canadian National Girl preliminary gala for Newfoundland. She won the Mini Miss Newfoundland category.
Although she walked away with a crown and a title, it was the experience that has had the biggest impact, mom Sheila McGrath told The Compass in a phone interview last month.
The outgoing Coley’s Point Primary Kinderstart student was poised, confident and showed off her personality in the competition.
One portions of the competition involved “pink wear.” That category is from competition divisions birth to age 13. Emma wore a pink dress and shoes, and paraded the stage with a pink umbrella.
“Emma just had fun with it,” Shei l a said . “She twirl ed her umbrella and she really worked the stage.”
For her introduction, her mom expected her to say her name, age and hometown. But instead, she got a few laughs for her creativity.
“She went up there and she said, ‘I got a loose tooth, see. And I like to make funny faces,’” Sheila said, adding Emma showed the audience facial expressions to match.
“(The judges) told me she had excellent eye contact and thought she was older than what she was.”
The pageant advertises that it is not a “glitz” pageant, and Sheila said that was one reason she was comfortable having Emma participate.
“This is nothing like Toddlers and Tiaras,” she explained.
Toddlers and Tiaras is a television show where children typically compete in elaborate hair and make up, use false teeth called “flippers” and wear expensive costumes.
This was Emma’s second pageant. The first was this past September at the Trinity Conception Fall Fair in Harbour Grace.
Although she didn’t win, she was excited for the girl that did.
“She cheers for others if they win,” Sheila said. “When Suri (Sullivan) won in Harbour Grace, Emma jumped up and down.”
Besides pageants, there are a lot of activities Emma likes to be involved in.
For the past two years, she has been in Tae Kwon Do. In her first competition, she received gold sparring in the boys’ division and silver in form.
One of the other things she enjoys doing is play with the brass band in Upper Island Cove.
“She brings her little drum and j umps in w i t h t hem,” She i l a explained. “She’s a very well rounded child.”
Emma wasn’t the only titleholder crowned that day. There were 20 contestants for eight divisions.
Broad Cove resident Claire Pinsent took home the title of Junior Teen Miss Newfoundland, while Rebecca Bishop of Bay Roberts was named Teen Miss Newfoundland.
Claire is a 14-year-old French immersion student at Crescent Collegiate.
For the past two years, Claire has competed in the Junior Miss Trinity Conception and Miss Teen Trinity Conception pageants at the Harbour Grace Fall Fair.
Claire likes to be involved in her community and with many school activities.
“I’m involved in activities such as Allied Youth, volleyball, dance, choir and free the children,” she said.
Rebecca is a Level III student at Ascension Collegiate, and is the assistant coach of the Bay Roberts Sea Lions Swim Team.
Like Claire, she ‘s involved in different activities in both school and her community, including the girls’ volleyball team.
The cause she has been actively involving herself with recently is blood donation.
Rebecca hopes to attend the Janeway Telethon as an event this year, and also do a volunteer supper at Ronald McDonald House in St. John’s.
The pageant was a preliminary competition to choose delegates for the national competition. From July 10-13 in Vancouver, girls from all over the country who have either won a preliminary competition or applied to the national pageant for an appointed title will compete for the National Canadian Girl titles.
Emma enjoyed being on stage, and Sheila said she can go to the national event if everything falls into place financially.
The pageant has a cost of $295 for registration and a scholarship fee of $75.
Participants must pay for their own flight to Vancouver, hotel accommodation, meals and other transportation.
Sheila is thinking about possible fundraising or sponsorships to help her get to the pageant. Emma will compete in formal wear, casual wear, do a personal introduction and pink fun fashion wear at nationals.
Claire and Rebecca told The Compass they will not be attending the national competition.
Claire Pinsent (left) and Rebecca Bishop came home with the Canadian National Girl’s Junior Teen and Teen Miss Newfoundland titles, respectively.
Emma Lynch was crowned Canadian National Girl’s Mini Miss Newfoundland at a competition Jan. 10.