24 February, 2022
Juniors to represent Gil at Sydney show
You may have seen in last week’s newspaper that Georgia Briggs and Tahlee Duffy have both qualified to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, in a few months’ time.
The zone level of competition was held at Dubbo Showground, and the girls took out plenty of placings on the day.
“We both qualified for different things at the
Gilgandra show, and when we got there on the day, they
said we can put our names down for everything,” said
The agriculture and primary industries teacher at
Gilgandra High School, Teresa Standing, explained how
the competition had changed in recent years.
“Every town runs a junior judging component of the
show, and with Gilgandra, it’s usually run on the
Friday,” said Mrs Standing.
“These girls, as part of the ag course at school, do a practise junior judging day down at the ag plot, where we have handlers, and experts in the industry come and teach the students everything they need to know here at the school. Then the girls participated down at the show ground for the junior judging.
“So what used to happen is you had to qualify first
and second at your local level to get into your zone
level, but they’ve put out a new rule that if you qualify
for zone, you can actually then try out for all of the zone
categories, which these girls did.
“So, if they do well then, they can qualify for the
Sydney Royal Easter Show, and these girls have!”
Miss Duffy and Miss Briggs are both “stoked” to be
competing at the Sydney show, but it doesn’t come
“It’s really exciting. I’m nervous, but excited,” said
“It’s a pretty high level of achievement, I don’t even think they realise what an achievement it is,” said Mrs Standing.
“Even to get to zone is impressive. But to get into
Sydney level is amazing.” Mrs Standing has always
been adamant on her students competing in junior judging.
“I’ve forced the students to do it. If they choose ag
as an elective, they all participate in junior judging.
Because if you’re going to have any interest in agriculture,
junior judging allows you to gain skills, in selectively
picking, whether it be vegetables, or whether
you’re picking breeding stock for your heard one day,
junior judging is going to be what teaches you what
those characteristics are,” said Mrs Standing.
“They might not even know they like it. If you left it
as a show thing and they had an option to do it, they
might not even know how good they are at it until
they’ve given it a crack.
“And what you find is once they’ve given it a crack,
they overwhelm themselves with how amazing they can
be at it.
“Some of the students have come away from our
show, down at the showground, with ribbons and say, I
never thought I could achieve this!”
As two young women in agriculture, Miss Briggs
and Miss Duffy have greatly appreciated their teachers
support throughout the process.
“I mean, we have a female teacher, so women in ag
is normal for us,” said Miss Briggs.
“It’s good to prove that girls can do what we’re
doing, and it’s not just boys going into it and winning
everything. Girls can achieve the same level that they
can too,” said Miss Duffy.
“Especially at zone, everyone was female there. Everyone was learning from each other and supporting each other,” said Miss Briggs.
Mrs Standing couldn’t be prouder of her students,
and is looking forward to seeing their results.
“I was so stoked. Because they didn’t even achieve it
in one area, they just have blown it out of the water and
it’s pretty phenomenal. Because that was zone level,
they’re competing against the best already, and to come
out of it with this and go to Sydney is great."
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is this year being held in early-to-mid-April.