Call goes out to prove your perfection
Townies should have a go
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.