The per­fect woman lives in Tokanui

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

‘‘I don't think I am that per­fect.’’

The per­fect woman can cook a steak, fly a he­li­copter and she lives in Tokanui.

De­spite win­ning the an­nual Per­fect Woman com­pe­ti­tion in Wanaka on the week­end, young South­land farmer Rachel Rule de­nies she lives up to the ti­tle.

‘‘I don’t think I am that per­fect,’’ she said.

Ten fi­nal­ists com­peted for the per­fect woman ti­tle, par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties such as flying a he­li­copter, throw­ing a gum­boot, chang­ing a car tyre and clay bird shoot­ing.

Rule, 22, thought the ti­tle might help her find the per­fect man.

‘‘Maybe it will help. Some might get in­tim­i­dated,’’ she laughed.

Speak­ing after the com­pe­ti­tion she said she was just as good at knife throw­ing and wire fenc­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion as she was at ap­ply­ing make-up with­out look­ing in the mir­ror.

It was a lot of fun to com­pete with a ‘‘cool group of girls’’ and she learned new skills.

Flying he­li­copters was a high­light.

‘‘It’s some­thing

that you wouldn’t get to do if you weren’t there.

‘‘It’s much harder than you think it is,’’ she said.

Rid­ing a golf cart was also some­thing she had never done and it was noth­ing like rid­ing a mo­tor­bike on the farm, Rule said.

Com­pe­ti­tion founder Stew Burt said the com­pe­ti­tion was about girls’ all-round­ness.

No mat­ter if they were de­sign- ing a house, throw­ing a knife or cook­ing steak - their per­son­al­i­ties were shin­ing through, he said.

‘‘The best thing is the per­son­al­i­ties that come out of the girls,’’ Burt said.

The week­end was en­ter­tain­ing for com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors, with the Do­mes­tic God­dess be­ing one of the fun­ni­est rounds.

‘‘The girls make it so en­ter­tain­ing with their say­ings and ques­tions.’’

As well as pass­ing a va­ri­ety of tasks, all women were ‘‘stun­ners’’, Burt said.

The com­pe­ti­tion hadn’t at­tracted as many com­peti­tors as he had hoped, start­ing with just 16 women on Satur­day, which was down about 10 from pre­vi­ous years.

‘‘The girls we’ve got have been ab­so­lutely bril­liant. They did re­ally well at the pub­lic speak­ing and that’s usu­ally the thing they find the most chal­leng­ing.’’

Run­ner up to Rule was Lau­ren O’Con­nor, 3.5 points be­hind the win­ner, and The Block NZ’s Niki Os­borne was third.

Rachel Rule, of Tokanui, com­petes in the knife throw­ing event at Wanaka’s Per­fect Woman Com­pe­ti­tion.

Rachel Rule

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