Ambassadors named

By Rodney Woods

It was time for celebration in Cobram on Saturday night after its representatives for both Rural Ambassador and Junior Ambassador took home the major awards at the Goulburn Valley Riverina Shows Association dinner.

The awards were held on Saturday at Shepparton’s Overlander Hotel, where Amabel Grinter took out the Rural Ambassador award unopposed, while Bianca Phillips was successful in the Junior competition.

‘‘I think it’s a great opportunity for self-development and to improve your communication skills,’’ Ms Grinter said.

‘‘It’s a great honour that I’ve been chosen to go forward this far.

‘‘Personally, I hope this can be a platform for me to have a voice to promote rural communities and the importance of being involved in them.’’

Junior winner Bianca was shocked when her name was read out as the winner.

‘‘I wasn’t expecting it,’’ she said.

‘‘ I was just honoured to be asked to represent here and I’m thrilled and over the moon (to have won).’’

The dinner also saw awards go to participants in cooking, sewing, patchwork, crocheting and photography.

The other ambassador candidates were Hayley Doohan, representing Finley; Emily Peck, representing Numurkah; and Rachael Matthews, who represented Kyabram.