MONICA Thirgood and Tiffany Foden shared their feelings when they won the Coal and Country Festival Entrant of the Year and Fundraiser crowns last weekend.
“The moment when they read out my name was very surreal; I felt pure excitement and relief,” Entrant of the Year Monica said.
“I was really hoping to win, and anyone who knows me will tell you how much effort I have put into the quest, from organising and running my events, selling raffle tickets, studying my Moura history, watching the news more than usual, agonising over the details of my outfits and the list goes on.
“For me winning the title affirms what I have achieved over recent months, which is a great confidence in my own abilities.
“I feel now I can do anything I set my mind to,” the 26-year-old Dawson Mine safety officer said.
That confidence shone through. But it wasn't always the case prior to the afternoon judging.
“Getting ready for the luncheon, I was really nervous. At one stage I was sitting outside with my hair rollers in, reading the paper, studying my current affairs, and I started shaking so much that my hair rollers were shaking.
“But I think I wore myself out.
“When I arrived at the luncheon I felt at ease and there was nothing more I could do than be myself.
“For the next year I will be 'on call' for community and council functions and I would like to continue with my increased involvement in the community,” Monica said.
Tiffany was delighted to win the Fundraiser crown.
“My head can't fit two crowns and I really wanted to win the fundraiser, so it worked out well,” the Queensland Transport worker said.
The mother of two said it felt good when they were presented at the ball.
“I kind of felt like a celebrity - the applause that we received nearly lifted the roof off the hall.
“To me the fundraiser crown is the one to get - my aim at the start of the quest was to win that crown.
“Fundraiser shows off the amount of hard work, time and effort you have put into the quest and the community.
“It's the whole package - it's what we have been working towards for the last four months,” the 26-year-old said.I ... felt like a celebrity - the applause that we received nearly lifted the roof off the hall
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