2013 Miss Darling Downs Show Girl Alexandra Turner loves the dirt, dust and atmosphere of a country show but at the end of the day she particularly likes to see it all add up to a nice clean profit and loss statement.
Goondiwindi based accountant and business owner Alexandra Turner originally entered the Miss Show Girl quest to help network her own businesses, Advantage Accounting and Advantage Tutoring in Goondiwindi. Her financial skills were quickly recognised by the Goondiwindi Show Society and she took on the role of treasurer to help update accounting systems. “We’ve installed a new version of Quickbooks and developed a separate profit and loss for each section of the show to make each one more accountable and also to provide more detailed information for future planning,” she said. “The new system is certainly working well and I’m very pleased about that.”
Alexandra grew up in Goondiwindi and attended Goondiwindi Primary School, Toowoomba Prep School and St Hilda’s College at Southport where she was awarded the Collegiate Scholarship to Bond University. With a double degree in business and commerce, Alexandra is back home putting her skills into the community she loves.
“A country show is really a showcase of local talent and a glimpse into what the community is all about. As well as being fun and social, it’s a really important element in fostering that sense of community pride,” she said. “In the beginning I wasn’t very involved in the show but now I’m treasurer, show girl and show girl steward and I really enjoy being part of it. I would recommend to anyone to get out and join organisations in your own community because it is a worthwhile experience on many levels.”
Alexandra said the best part of the show girl quest was getting to know the other entrants. “The standard of entrants in this year’s quest was really high and that is thanks to the hard work of our chief steward Kerry Robertson,” she said. “The benefits of entering the quest are so underrated. The opportunities for personal growth are huge and so varied you could go in several different directions.”
As Miss Darling Downs Show Girl, Alexandra’s schedule will continue to be busy over the coming months. She will have plenty of opportunity to keep up her Toastmasters skills but sadly will not have time for her other great love which is polocrosse. “I’m involved in all shows across the Darling Downs region and am asked to do things like open the Goombungee / Haden Show. Of course I’m very involved in the Goondiwindi Show too,” Alexandra said.
“Leading up to the Brisbane Exhibition, I’ll be joining other regional show girls for a jam-packed four days in Brisbane which includes visiting Parliament House and Government House. Then there are the judging days and the final onstage interviews at the Ekka,” she said.
“Yes, it definitely takes you out of your comfort zone but each event is a new and unforgettable experience that I am really grateful to have in my life.”
Words by Ally Martell | Images supplied