The Rural Ambassador Award is a National Competition that highlights and celebrates young people who have a genuine interest in rural and regional Australia or New Zealand.
The Award aims to provide an opportunity for these young people to promote rural communities and industries, as well as to be involved in promoting the importance of agriculture and food production.
The Award will identify and recognise the next generation of leaders who have a strong commitment to agricultural industries and an involvement and or a genuine interest for the Agricultural Show movement either at the local, State or National level.
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Rural Ambassador Competitions
What’s it all about?
Rural ambassador competitions occur around the nation at a local show, state and national level. Successful entrants are given the opportunity to meet and network with like minded representatives from around the state, around the country and around the Commonwealth. You will meet state and federal decision makers and leaders in agriculture and education, be able to input your point of view, ask the hard questions and make important contacts. You do not have to be a ‘university graduate’, you just need to have the desire to stand up for rural Australia, have a basic agricultural and rural knowledge, and be prepared to ‘have a go’. You will experience some tough competition, make lifelong friends and have a damn good time. So if this sounds like you, contact your local Agricultural Society for entry details.
National Rural Ambassadors
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Dione Howard was announced as the 2022 National Rural Ambassador.
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Karl Milde was announced as the 2021 National Rural Ambassador.
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held at the Royal Perth Show, Harris Thompson was announced as the 2019 National Rural Ambassador.
Sophie Crooke-Lay - VIC
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held at the Royal Adelaide Show, Sophie Crooke Lay was announced as the 2018 National Rural Ambassador.
Justin Matthews - Queensland
Jeremy Schutz - South Australia
Samuel Martin - New South Wales
Courtney Ramsey - South Australia
Prue Capp - New South Wales
Tim van de Molen - New Zealand
Wade Timms - Queensland
2010 National Rural Ambassador: Carla Tierney - Queensland
2009 National Rural Ambassador: Bruce McConnel - Queensland
2008 National Rural Ambassador: Tim Robinson - New South Wales
2007 National Rural Ambassador: Rebecca Smith - Queensland
2006 National Rural Ambassador: Giles Oster - South Australia
2005 National Rural Ambassador: Chris Badcock - Tasmania
2004 National Rural Ambassador: Ben Drynan - Queensland
2003 National Rural Ambassador: Ricki Foss - Western Australia
2002 National Rural Ambassador: Karl Suckling - Western Australia
2001 National Rural Ambassador: Peter Angus- South Australia
promoting the role and significance of Australian Agricultural Shows to the wider community