Contest builds con­fi­dence

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PETRICE TAR­RANT

Miss A&P is not a beauty pageant, ac­cord­ing to con­tes­tant Kae­tyn Grace.

‘‘You don’t have to be the most beau­ti­ful girl in town.’’

That is the ad­vice the con­fi­dent 16- year- old would give other young women con­sid­er­ing en­ter­ing the self- dis­cov­ery jour­ney for 2015.

It all be­gan in May this year when Kae­tyn fol­lowed one of her friends by en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘The first night was all about learn­ing karate,’’ she said.

‘‘It was pretty cool. We learnt a lot about how to de­fend our­selves and our coach was very em­pow­er­ing.’’

A true ‘‘ girly girl’’ at heart, Kae­tyn said one of the big­gest high­lights was learn­ing how to walk in heels and do fa­cials.

‘‘Over the whole time I’ve just en­joyed learn­ing about the other girls and get­ting to know them.’’

The St John Cadet said win­ning first place is not her mo­ti­va­tor.

‘‘ It would be cool if I got a plac­ing but I don’t mind be­cause it’s been a jour­ney . . . Win­ning would just be a bonus.’’

All four con­tes­tants are in the run­ning to win the fi­nal Miss A&P ti­tle which will be judged at the A&P Show, on De­cem­ber 6 at the Toko­roa Memo­rial Sports­ground.

Con­vener Arama NgapoLip­scombe said the pro­gramme was de­signed to build con­fi­dence and en­cour­age self-de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘This is not a beauty contest,’’ she said.

The judg­ing of the girls in­cludes per­son­al­ity, com­mit­ment to the six- week pro­gramme, demon­strat­ing pos­i­tive qual­i­ties that best rep­re­sent Toko­roa and the A&P Show, pro­mo­tion of spon­sor, pub­lic speak­ing and ap­pear­ance and de­port­ment.

Photo: PETRICE TAR­RANT

All rounder: Kae­tyn Grace is in the run­ning to take out this year’s Miss A & P Show crown.

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