2024 Nowra Show Young Woman Competition

The Nowra Show Society congratulates the four entrants for the 2024 Nowra Show Young Woman Competition.

Izabella Dewsbury-Love Sponsored by: Integrity Real Estate Nowra

Izabella (Bella), 19, from Orient Point graduated from Shoalhaven High School last year and has been enjoying a gap year in 2023, before commencing a Bachelor of Secondary Education. Growing up on the Crookhaven River, Bella enjoys the outdoors and has been an active member of the Nowra/Culburra SLSC where she has gained her Surf Rescue Certificate, as well as working as a netball coach with North Nowra Bomaderry Netball Club. Through her work as a program leader with Sonder Youth, Bella aims to have a lasting impact on our local community, through sustainable activities that work to reduce our carbon footprint while also promoting positive wellbeing.

Jacqueline Ferguson Sponsored by: Nowra Veterinary Hospital

Jacqueline (Jackie), 19 from Tomerong is studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology while working as a veterinary nurse at Nowra Veterinary Hospital. A graduate of Nowra High School, Jackie enjoys horse riding, pet sitting, crocheting, and playing social sports, particularly netball. During her time at school, Jackie assisted with stewarding at the Interschools Equestrian events and was a member of the Nowra High School Cattle team which led to her returning to school this year to speak with Year 12 students about tips for HSC success. Jackie would like to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in the future, to make a difference in the veterinary field.

Alicia Ford Sponsored by: Ray White Real Estate Nowra

Alicia, 24, from Nowra currently works at Shoalhaven Zoo as a Zookeeper, where she is also one of the presenters for the daily animal shows. A previous volunteer at the Zoo, Alicia is now responsible for coordinating the volunteer program, a role she is extremely passionate about as it provides an opportunity to teach and inspire others to start a career in zookeeping.  Alicia enjoys herping (looking for reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats), bird watching, bush walking and snorkelling as she believes in continuing to discover new things about animals. In the future, Alicia would like to own a hobby farm and become more active in her community.

2024 Nowra Show Young Woman – Maddison Perry Sponsored by: Nowra Veterinary Hospital

Maddison (Maddie), 25, from Cambewarra completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Adelaide and now works as a Veterinarian at Nowra Veterinary Hospital.

While living in South Australia, Maddie participated in cattle showing and competed at the junior heifer expo. Maddie enjoys camping, hiking, playing netball and has recently taken up soccer to make connections in the community. Passionate about young people getting involved in community, Maddie volunteered as a mentor in the Barossa Youth Council and was involved in the Youth Ambassador program at the Barossa Vintage Festival. Maddie is looking forward to being more involved in the Nowra community and to support livestock farmers.

Judging for the 2024 Competition occurred on 18th November 2023, concluding with the Nowra Show Society’s 150th Year Show Ball held at Coolangatta Estate. This event was attended by 140 members of the local community and acknowledged the achievements of the Young Woman entrants as well as celebrating the rich and enduring history of the Nowra Show Society.

Although final judging for the competition has been completed, the Young Woman entrants will not be absent from the 2024 Nowra Show. Being an entrant in the competition means being involved in all aspects of our local Show, as entrants are afforded a behind-the-scenes experience which connects them directly with both exhibitors and patrons. Participants will be busy across the two days of the Show presenting prizes, sashing livestock, speaking with media and attending official Show functions as ambassadors for the Nowra Show Society.

The 2024 Nowra Show Young Woman entrants can be seen each evening of the Show in the centre ring, with a formal presentation scheduled for Saturday evening, 10th February. Maddison will then represent the Nowra Show Society at the Zone 2 Final, hosted by the Penrith Show Society on Saturday 17th February. We wish Maddison the best of luck for this day!

Keep a look out for our fabulous Young Woman entrants in their sashes around the Showground; make sure you stop and say hello!

A brief history…

The Nowra Show Young Woman Competition has been running annually as part of the Nowra Show since 1963. Last year was the first year the Society adopted a new, state-wide modern name for the Competition, previously known as the Showgirl Competition The aim of the Competition remains unchanged since it was first introduced, that being to find a person most suited to represent the young rural women of the local area.  The Young Woman Competition remains a relevant and rewarding experience with many young women benefitting from the personal and professional opportunities that result from participating in the annual event.

The Competition is run state-wide with over 500 young women entering the Competition annually throughout NSW with entrants being judged on their interest and knowledge about rural Australia, as well as confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, presentation and speech. Candidates are also asked to demonstrate knowledge of their local community, national and political issues that impact on Australians. All Young Woman entrants are encouraged to remain connected with the Show Society and are given opportunities throughout the year to attend Show meetings and events.

Nowra Show’s Young Women entrants have seen state-wide success in recent years, with the 2023 Nowra Show Young Woman Lisa Horner participating in the State Final earlier this year and the 2022 entrant, Imogen Clarke, was awarded the title of Runner-Up The Land Sydney Royal AgShows NSW Young Woman in April 2022.

Congratulations to all 2024 Nowra Show Young Woman Entrants

Izabella Dewsbury-Love

Sponsored by: Integrity Real Estate Nowra

Jacqueline Ferguson

Sponsored by: Nowra Veterinary Hospital

Alicia Ford

Sponsored by: Ray White Real Estate Nowra

2024 Nowra Show Young Woman – Maddison Perry

Sponsored by: Nowra Veterinary Hospital

Images provided courtesy of Claire Frances Photography.

The Nowra Show Society would like to thank our valued sponsors…

Blooms The Chemist – Junction Street, Bomaderry Bowling Club, Claire Frances Photography, Coolangatta Estate, Flamingo Florist, Knickerboxers, More Than Beauty with Wendy Woodward, My Travel Expert, Nowra Chemicals, One Agency Elite Property Group, Peckish on the Park, Ponte Bar and Dining, Scruples Hair and Beauty Salon, Shoalhaven Trophies & Engraving Centre, South Coast Brides, The Butterfactory Restaurant, The Deli on Kinghorne, The Hub Community Café, The Lookout Cambewarra Mountain

… for their support of the 2024 Nowra Show Young Woman Competition

Nowra Show Society: Showgirl Winners

1963 Roslyn Hoy
1964 Diana Holden
1965 Not Held
1966 Trudi Last
1967 Jenny Watkinson
1968 Jan Taylor
1969 Anna Steanes
1970 Trudi Last*
1971 Helen Tennant
1972 Marilyn Baugh*
1973 Patsi Vinson
1974 Christine Moss*
1975 Jennifer Price
1976 Mary Watts*
1977 Karyn Lymbery*
1978 Joanne Urquhart
1979 Cindy Formosa
1980 Melissa Walsh*
1981 Tanya Stuckey
1982 Leanne Rahn
1983 Christina Warran*
1983 Jodie Bennett
1984 Kerrie Jarrett
1985 Sally Wiggins
1986 Sue Finn
1987 Rhonda Good
1988 Louise Anderson
1989 Geraldine Ison
1990 Melissa Tarrant*
1991 Jo-Ann Hilaire
1992 Sharon Selby
1993 Nikki Eddy
1994 Kathleen Houldsworth
1995 Mariangela Forde
1996 Pamela Thomson
1997 Melissa Carter
1998 Jo Thomson
1999 Fiona Sams
2000 Bernice Cook
2001 Jessica Cord
2002 Rebecca Davies
2003 Maree Walters
2004 Belinda Drouyn**
2005 Justine Linsley
2006 Melissa Bendesy
2007 Elizabeth White
2008 Emily Nye
2009 Brittany Crowther
2010 Jessica Apperley*
2011 Jodee McCormac*
2011 Elke Price
2012 Natasha Larter
2013 Amy Evison
2014 Hannah Ison
2015 Alli Nelson
2016 Andrea Lewis
2017 Liberty Nelson*
2018 Sammy Spark*
2019 Chloe Bishop
2020 Annalise McDonald
2021 Not Held
2022 Imogen Clarke*

Nowra Show Society: Young Woman Winners

2023 Lisa Horner*
2024 Maddy Perry

* State Finalist

*Title of Nowra Showgirl awarded but subsequently relinquished. Runner-Up was elevated and assumed title of Nowra Showgirl.

**Bianca Dickinson represented Nowra Show Society at the Zone Final.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices will be as shown below until allocation sold out.

Online presale tickets until 6pm Thursday, 8th February 2024

  • Early Bird

Adults: $15 + Booking Fee
Concession: $10 + Booking Fee
Kids (5 – 16 yrs old): $5 + Booking Fee
Kids under 5 years are free

  • Gate

Adults – $20
Concession $10
Kids (5 – 16 yrs old): $5
Kids under 5 years are free

Disclaimer: The Nowra Show Society reserves the right to have removed from the ground any person whose behavior is disruptive, dangerous or otherwise unacceptable.