Victorian Agricultural Shows Rural Ambassador Awards
2018 Rural Ambassador Awards State Winner
James Kirkpatrick is Victoria's 2018 Rural Ambassador and will represent Victoria at next years National Finals in Perth. James is representing the Beaufort show and the Midlands Group.
Hayden Williamson, representing the Nathalia show and Goulburn Valley Group was runner up.
A partnership between Victorian Agricultural Shows Ltd AS and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.
Junior Show Ambassador Award Run solely by VAS
VAS Ltd promotes and coordinates two award programs that encourage and support young people living in rural and regional Victoria, the Victorian Agricultural Shows Rural Ambassador and the VAS Ltd. Junior Show Ambassador Award. The Awards highlight and celebrate rural and regional young people, with a particular emphasis on candidates who are involved with their local show. The Awards seek to draw attention to the talent, creativity and ingenuity of young rural Victorians and in doing so encourage the candidates to become engaged citizens across local communities.
During the Awards cycle the candidates participate in public relations and leadership seminars to enable them to polish their communication and presentation skills and prepare them for the State Finals.
Both the Victorian Agricultural Shows Rural Ambassador Awards and the Junior Show Ambassador start at the local show or field day level and progress to a Group final. The winner of the Junior Show Ambassador is invited to compete at State Final. The Rural Ambassador is slightly different, the winner and the runner up at Group final are invited to compete at State level. It is not a requirement of either Award that the local show or field day hold a competition to determine a winner at the show/field day; how the winner at a local level is determined it entirely up to the show/field day.
Hot Tips for Organisers
* VAS suggests that each show/field day appoint an 'Ambassador Coordinator' who can oversee, promote and develop each Award
* Previous Awards candidates make great judges/ mentors and Awards coordinators (contact the VAS office for more information)
Information for competitors and competition organisers
VAS Ltd Rural Ambassador Awards
A partnership between Victorian Agricultural Shows Ltd AS and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
VAS Ltd Junior Ambassador Awards
Previous State Final Winners
2012 – Kate Cross
2013 – Stephanie Bullen - National Runner Up
2014 – Melissa Neal
2015 – Sherrie Lee
2016 – Katerina Bleckic
2017 – Sophie Cooke - National Champion
2018 - James Kirkpatrick