THE prizes were excellent, but it was the experience as a whole that Toowoomba’s Sara Dieckmann really relished after winning the last Queensland RSL Girl in a Million competition in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Her prizes includea new Toyota Yaris car, a holiday to Europe, a corporate box for a Brisbane Broncos match and $2000 cash.
Miss Dieckmann represented western Queensland and competed against 12 other regional representatives from Queensland at the Quest State Final week last week.
“Meeting the other contestants was brilliant,” Miss Dieckmann said.
“They were all really down to earth.
“I think I have met some life-long friends.”
Contestants were judged while they took part in a busy schedule of events, which included lunch with the speaker at Parliament House and a trip to Movie World.
“It was pretty full on.
“We had two or three events each day followed by formal dinners or cocktail parties at night.”
Apart from being judged on etiquette the contestants were judged on the way they interacted, general knowledge and views on current social issues.
“We were questioned on our views on the alco-pops tax, the global economic crisis and the role of etiquette in today’s society.”
“It was pretty difficult to prepare for.”
Miss Dieckmann was saddened by the fact it was the last RSL Girl in a Million quest.
She said she the competition had a lot to offer young women.
“I think it really helps with personal development skills that are hard to learn in other areas of society.”
Attending the Anzac Day dawn service and getting to know some of the veterans rated as the highlight of Miss Dieckmann’s quest.
“Getting to know the veterans was really what it was about.”
Miss Dieckmann is now an ambassador for the RSL, and her duties will include attending and speaking at 10 upcoming regional RSL conferences as well as the state conference.
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