The showgirl and rural achiever for the 2020 Nimmitabel Show have been named.
Next year, the show's showgirl is Georgie Constance and its rural achiever is Damien Roach.
Planning and preparation for the next show is underway and it will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
I was born and raised on the Monaro on our family farm in the Springfield area.
I am the youngest of three with my two older brothers being Brad and Ryan.
My brothers and I are the third generation of Constances to live at Rocklodge with our dad, Ashley, being the owner.
We run a predominantly merino enterprise and a small herd of Hereford cattle.
I attended Cooma Public School for my primary years before moving on to Monaro High School. After three years at Monaro High, I knew that I wanted to be involved in the agricultural industry resulting in me begging Dad to send me to boarding school.
I started at Yanco Agricultural High School in Year 10 and never looked back.
The experiences and opportunities I received at Yanco allowed me to be more involved in not only the practical but also theoretical side of farm life.
In the year after completing my HSC I moved back home to the farm and obtained a rural traineeship with the local Monaro Farming Systems group.
During the 12 months of the program I experienced training from industry professionals of which many were extremely motivated rural women who I aspire to be like.
In 2018 I moved to Armidale to commence my tertiary studies at the University of New England studying a Bachelor of Agriculture, majoring in Livestock Production.
In 2019 I moved back home to help out on the farm and continue to study my degree online through the Country Universities Centre in Cooma.
My goal is to complete my degree and successfully obtain the knowledge and skills needed to one day take over the family farm.
I hope that the showgirl experience will allow me to be more involved within the local community and to assist the Nimmitabel Show Society as well as providing me with an opportunity to represent our local area.
I look forward to this experience and am extremely thankful for this opportunity.
Damien Roach was born and bred on the Monaro with half of his family based at Numeralla and the other half at Nimmitabel.
Growing up out at Numeralla, Mr Roach attended school in Cooma at St Pats until Year 10 and then went to St Gregory's College in Sydney for boarding school.
He spent his school holidays working on various properties in shearing sheds and fencing, as well as stock work.
Mr Roach's family also have a small farm on the outskirts of Numeralla which instigated his passion for rural life.
After returning from school he worked as an civil and structural engineer trainee for 18 months before moving to Wagga Wagga to undertake a Bachelor of Agriculture at CSU.
While at university he started working for Landmark in the sale yards and upon completion of his degree decided to take up a full-time position as a stock and station agent.
Through his time in Wagga he enjoyed playing rugby for both WAC and the Wagga Waratahs.
He stayed in Wagga for another two years before moving home with his wife Emma and working for Landmark in Cooma.
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They have been back nearly two years and have just had their first baby boy, Archer.
While having only limited show experience through cattle judging at the Dalgety Show in 2018 and junior judging at the Nimmitabel Show while at school, Mr Roach understands the importance of local community shows and knows the massive benefits of keeping them going.
He believes the networking between people and show societies is reason enough to see them continue and thrive.
He has a huge interest in the rural sector and has worked hard to better understand it and how it can be improved.
By working closely with his clients, he aims to tackle issues surrounding farming life such as depression, drought and marketability of stock.
Mr Roach believes through making better connections and relationships within the rural achievers program he can quicken the pace of the much-needed solutions farmers and rural communities need to solve issue in and around the agricultural sector.