Former Milton Showgirl Lainie Anderson is preparing to represent Zone 2 at the Sydney Royal competition.
Attending as the Castle Hill Showgirl, Ms Anderson said she was excited about the opportunity.
Having grown up being involved in the Milton Show, and being crowned the Milton Showgirl in 2016, when Ms Anderson moved to Sydney for career opportunities, it was only natural she put her hand up to help on a show committee closer to her new home.
That show was Castle Hill, who was struggling to keep people involved.
“I took on chief steward of the farmer challenge at the show,” Ms Anderson said.
“Castle Hill cancelled the show in 2016 because of lack of involvement and support. In 2017, they reinvigorated as a youth agricultural expo. It is not a show like Milton, it really focuses on the youth.
“There are lots of youth judging competitions. I am the coordinator of the young farmer challenge and I am doing the show’s social media as well.
“I have been involved with the Milton Show since birth. My family, on both sides, are very involved. I started stewarding when I was 12.”
Because of her work with the Castle Hill Show, Ms Anderson was asked to be its showgirl for 2018, representing them at the Zone 2 final in Luddenham.
“They got invitation for zone final of the showgirl and they asked me to represent them. I don’t say no to an opportunity.” she said.
“They normally run a competition, but there wasn’t the people the get it up and running this year.”
Ms Anderson wants to use her title to encourage more people to get involved in the showgirl tradition and agricultural shows.
“I want to get it up and running again at Castle Hill because I think every show society should have a competition. If I can get it going as good as Milton’s, that would be great,” she said.
“Everyone supports it and understands the reason behind it.
“I am really looking forward to building a state-wide network of passionate women I know so we can share our experiences of living in smaller communities and getting them involved in the agricultural show community.”
Ms Anderson completed high school at Ulladulla before moving to Sydney to complete Bachelor of Psychology, Postgraduate Certificate in Criminology and Master in Health Service Management.
She is business manager of cardiology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is looking to pursue opportunities through NSW Health system as a leader and innovator in management with the end goal to return home to Milton-Ulladulla area in a senior hospital management position and work to bridge the gap between acute patient facilities and community services.
Through her community involvement including In2uni program and ASC Next Generation Delegate, Ms Anderson hopes to continue to engage with youth and promote the agricultural show movement.
As director and secretary of Marrickville Legal Centre, which provides free legal advice to vulnerable people throughout NSW, Lainie has assisted in the integration of community legal services and health providers.
Ms Anderson’s many interests include tennis, cooking, Tough Mudder competitions and volunteering at many events throughout the year.
“Showgirl was important for me because I was able to promote and encourage others to go away to develop your career and experience and come back with your knowledge,” she said.
Ms Anderson said she was looking forward to “representing both communities”, of Milton and Castle Hill, as the Zone 2 Showgirl at the Sydney Royal in April.
There were 13 showgirls at the Zone 2 finals, including Milton's Tegan Wilford. Nowra Showgirl Sammy Spark will also proceed from the Zone 2 final to the Sydney Royal.