Call goes out to prove your per­fec­tion

Town­ies should have a go

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

She would take a beer over an ap­ple mar­tini and work boots over high heels any day, but coun­try girl Jaimee McMeeken thinks city slick­ers are still hot con­tenders in the 2014 Speights Per­fect Woman Com­pe­ti­tion.

While McMeeken, a four-time com­peti­tor and for­mer win­ner, has re­tired from the event, she urged any­one will­ing to take part, whether they were from a farm­ing back­ground or more of a townie, to get in­volved.

The com­pe­ti­tion, in its eleventh year, in­volves women go­ing headto-head in a range of mini events, from fil­let­ing a fish to groom­ing a male, in a bid for the ti­tle.

McMeeken, a farm man­ager in Western South­land, won the event in 2009 and said her stand out skill was skin­ning a pos­sum.

She was good at the ‘‘prac­ti­cal’’ events, like chop­ping wood and build­ing a saw horse, but not so good at cook­ing pan­cakes or cut­ting hair.

‘‘I think I put salt in mine [pan­cakes]. No-one wanted to buy them,’’ McMeeken said.

She en­joyed rid­ing horses, duck shoot­ing and dog tri­al­ing in her spare time, and while be­ing heav­ily in­volved in the out­doors was an ad­van­tage in the com­pe­ti­tion, any type of woman could suc­ceed.

‘‘Town­ies ex­celled where I didn’t,’’ she said.

Her ad­vice for those tak­ing part in the event was to go with an open mind and have fun.

‘‘I’ve still got friends from tak­ing part. It’s a great way to meet peo­ple,’’ she said.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which will kick off at the Bul­lock Bar this week­end, would start with 40 con­tes­tants and the top 10 will com­pete on Sun­day for a $1000 cash prize to be given to the over­all win­ner.

Pre­lim­i­nary rounds for the event had been held at pubs across South­land and Otago.

While the fi­nal event had some sta­ple tasks, par­tic­i­pants would not know the sched­ule un­til the day. This year $1000 in prizes would also be given to the best support crew.

Supreme lass: Farm girl Jaimee McMeeken in ac­tion dur­ing a Speights Per­fect Woman com­pe­ti­tion.

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