An agricultural teacher from Orroroo in the Southern Flinders Ranges has been announced as the winner of the 2017 State Rural Ambassador Award in the program’s 20th anniversary year.
Sarah Hazel, 26, representing the Northern Region was named winner at the State Rural Ambassador Awards dinner run by the SA Country Shows Association last night.
“I am truly honoured to represent such a motivated and passionate group of ambassadors and the show societies of SA,” Ms Hazel said.
“I hope to highlight the current and future fabulous connections being made between country shows and royal shows, agriculture and education.”
As an agricultural teacher at Orroroo Area School, Ms Hazel is passionate about rural education and has brought her class to this year’s Royal Adelaide Show to participate in several exhibitor classes, including the school dairy program.
At school, she provides her students with enriched learning experiences including the Wool4School design competition, preparing led animals to take to the Royal Adelaide Show, the Cows Create Careers program, the South Australian Living Arts exhibition and many more activities.
“Over the past three days at the Royal Adelaide Show, I’ve experienced a behind the scenes look, meeting so many people and getting an insight into the generational history of those involved in the RAS,” Ms Hazel said.
“I want to ask and encourage more young people to be involved in local shows, as sometimes it takes one person to approach another and invite them.
“I am keen to highlight the amazing opportunities presented through shows, the Rural Ambassador Award, exhibiting and junior judging.”
Ms Hazel grew up on a fifth-generation family farm in Kapunda and although she lives in Orroroo, she keeps actively involved in the Kapunda and Light Agricultural Show Society, having been named the show’s Young Rural Ambassador in 2010. With a keen interest in agriculture and environment, she has contributed significantly to the show’s committee helping them continue to build the show’s offerings, including a new ‘community corner’ and newsletter. Stefan Anesbury from Gawler Show was first runner-up.