About the Competition

The premier leadership program for young women in regional and rural New South Wales, the Land Sydney Showgirl Competition is the search for an ambassador for rural NSW. In this role, she is required to undertake many official and informal duties both at her local show and in her travels potentially interstate and overseas.

Most importantly, a Showgirl must have a genuine interest in, and knowledge of, rural NSW. The Competition encourages the participation and subsequent awareness of rural women’s contribution and involvement in both local communities and rural NSW as a whole.

In 1962, 20 young ladies entered the first Showgirl Competition.  The Winner, Miss Margaret McKay, the late Mrs Margaret Pennefather, RAS Councillor, was awarded a silver tray and $200 cash as first prize.  The competition has come a long way in 50+ years and now, in 2013, over 500 young women annually enter the competition throughout NSW with competitions being held in over 120 Show Societies.

"The past Showgirls I have met, with their unique feminine genius, have become the bedrocks of families and the hearts of communities. They have become driving forces of business and innovation and the leaders of industry. Through this experience of intense personal development, Showgirls are anchored in timeless values while encouraged to boldly step into the future, bringing their communities with them. We are taught to be strong ambassadors for the RAS, the ASC and our local communities, and most importantly, ambassadors for ourselves."
Dana Velasco
2016 - Second Runner-Up Sydney Royal, 2015 Blacktown Showgirl

About the Host

Elyse Hudson’s Showgirl journey began in 2000, when she won the Ungarie Show’s Juvenile Showgirl Competition. Since moving to Newcastle, Elyse has been fortunate enough to represent the Newcastle Regional Show as their 2015 and 2017 Showgirl.

Having completed her Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Business, Elyse relocated to Lithgow for work and has been sashed the 2018 Lithgow Showgirl.

She’s also a massive sports fan, with a Black Belt in Karate (Chito-Kai), a National C-badge for Netball Umpiring and a lot of enthusiasm on the Hockey Field. Her passions also include the Sydney Swans and Manly Sea Eagles. You may also catch Elyse playing Cornet in the Lithgow City Band.