NA­TIONAL FI­NAL­IST

BAL­DIVIS WO­MAN TO REP­RE­SENT WA

Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Hor­ton

Bal­divis wo­man Rachel Fal­zon will rep­re­sent WA at the Miss Global Aus­tralia na­tional fi­nal on the Gold Coast in Septem­ber.

Ms Fal­zon, a con­tract con­trol man­ager for De­fence In­dus­try, said she was in­spired by the way Miss Global Aus­tralia “em­pow­ers women, em­braces cul­tures and em­bod­ies the beauty within”, and felt a con­nec­tion to the mes­sage it rep­re­sented.

“I’m ex­tremely proud to be an Aus­tralian and am aware how lucky Aus­tralians are to be born in such a free and beau­ti­ful coun­try,” she said.

“My grand­par­ents were born in Malta and Eng­land and I hold my her­itage close to my heart.

“I feel an im­por­tant part of be­ing Aus­tralian is em­brac­ing peo­ple from var­i­ous back­grounds from all over the world, hav­ing un­der­stand­ing and com­pas­sion that not ev­ery per­son in the world has been as lucky to be born in such an amaz­ing coun­try and ac­cept­ing those who wish to make this place their home.

“As a com­peti­tor with roots from around the world, I’m proudly advo- cat­ing for ac­cep­tance of cul­tural diver­sity.”

Ms Fal­zon is also de­ter­mined to play an ac­tive role in chang­ing so­ci­etal per­cep­tions around fe­male lead­ers in the work­place.

“I’m fo­cused on men­tor­ing fe­male colleagues to sup­port their own ca­reer ob­jec­tives, em­pow­er­ing them to have the strength to fight for their ca­reer goals,” she said.

“My per­sonal ob­jec­tive is to reach an ex­ec­u­tive-level po­si­tion in an in­dus­try seen as non-tra­di­tional for women, how­ever I will con­sider my ca­reer suc­cess­ful if I can look back and know my ef­forts now have con­trib­uted to fu­ture women in busi­ness be­ing able to en­ter the work­place and be con­sid­ered for roles based on talent and merit alone, with­out the cur­rent so­ci­o­log­i­cal dis­ad­van­tage of their gen­der or ap­pear­ance.”

In the lead-up to the fi­nals, Ms Fal­zon will con­tinue to be in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

Miss Global Aus­tralia is open to women aged 18-35 who are not mar­ried. The fi­nals run from Septem­ber 18-22 at Surfers Par­adise Mar­riott Re­sort.

Rachel Fal­zon of Bal­divis is a WA fi­nal­ist in Miss Global Aus­tralia.

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