April was a fun-filled month of Professional and Personal Development sessions and the much-anticipated Launch night, where we became official Miss Wagga Wagga Quest 2024 Entrants!
After having commenced the Professional and Personal Development sessions in March we continued with these throughout April. On the first Saturday of April, my fellow Entrants and I sat down with Saan from Bare Skin Aesthetics to learn some personal care tips. This proved to be so much fun and we each learned so many new tips and tricks for Launch night, and the events we have to come. We then had a dining etiquette session with Jamie Shepley at Hide and Steak Bar. This definitely proved to be one of my favourite sessions as the food was beyond delicious, with expert and attentive service to match. We were taken through how to correctly ‘break’ and butter bread and which cutlery and glasses were appropriate for each course.
One of my reasons for joining the Quest was to gain these personal development skills so I was definitely having a lot of fun by now.
Later in the month we also did a daytime walk with Hayley Wallace and Preslea Cowan to discuss Self Care and maintaining a healthy mind and body. Shortly after this, we then had a professional development session on media training. This was so much fun and involved speaking with radio presenter Alan Lean at 2AAA, to prepare ourselves for announcing events later in the year.
Now equipped with the knowledge from our Professional and Personal Development Sessions it was time to write and start practicing our Entrant speeches, ready to deliver them on Launch night. After getting my wisdom teeth out in April I began not only to stress about what I was wearing but on whether I would be able to deliver my speech, but after what felt like loads of practicing, it was finally the 26th of April or in other words Launch night.
All the Entrants gathered at the RSL Club, our gold sponsor, an hour before the night began looking gorgeous, and ready for our final run-through. Before we knew it the night began and we were officially Miss Wagga Wagga Quest 2024 Entrants. Trying not to be nervous we began to deliver our 5-minute speeches on what “Wagga Wagga Means to Me,’’ a rather daunting task, but after what felt like months of preparation, we were each nervous but secretly confident.
Luckily, I was second to present and after speaking for what felt like hours I finally sat down, proud I had delivered my speech successfully. It was amazing hearing the other Entrants' speeches throughout the night and feeling a sense of shared accomplishment.
We cannot wait to see what May has in store for us!
Miss Wagga Wagga Quest 2024 Entrant