Warwick Showgirl on a mission to spread disability day
A PASSION for making regional agriculture shows disability-friendly is the drive behind 2018 Warwick Showgirl Sarah Wilson as she heads off to compete in the Darling Downs Championships next week.
The 23-year-old has been involved with the show since she was only three-years-old and she strongly believes it should be an inclusive place for the entire community.
The Warwick Show's biennial day for children with disabilities is something she said she wants to see across all regional shows.
"I'm very proud of how Warwick runs a disability day especially for the children the day before the show,” she said.
"To be able to come in and experience the show without the crowds and without it being too busy for them.
"It's the only show in the region I'm aware of that does that.
"I'd love to see it implemented across the region and made a bit bigger and broader to encompass people all people with disabilities not just children.”
Miss Wilson heads to Toowoomba on Friday April 13 where she will compete against 16 other showgirls across the Darling Downs.
Just like anyone else, she still gets nervous.
"The way that I help my nerves is to be able to think about why I'm actually there,” she said.
"My work is within mental health and I am really passionate about being able to see everybody with a disability being able to experience the show.
"I know when they first started the disability day for children there were some children there who were 12 and 13-years-old who'd never experienced the show.”
As someone who has competed in everything from dressage to cooking to photography for the past 20 years, Miss Wilson knows the show much more than rides and crowds.
"I think it's about the community spirit and getting everybody involved,” she said.
"That's what I'd like the people with a disability to be able to be involved in and be able to see that.”
If Miss Wilson is crowned the Darling Downs Showgirl she then has the opportunity to go on to compete for Miss Queensland at the Brisbane Ekka in August.
"It's something I would love to do,” she said.
"With a lot of my passions especially in the disability realm, I think if we could implement it across our region and then across all of Queensland it would be something I'd love to be able to be an ambassador for.”