IDENTIFYING LEADERSRural Ambassadors
The Rural Ambassador Competition is a National Competition aimed at young rural adults who have a passion for living and working in rural communities. The competition aims to discover the next generation of rural leaders who have the desire to represent and promote their community, their region and their state.
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.
2018 National Royal Ambassador Winners Announcement
National Rural Ambassadors
Sophie Crooke Lay - Victoria
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
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Melbourne, Laboratory Technician, Livestock Handling Instructor & Demonstrator, Justin Matthews was announced as the 2017 National Rural Ambassador.
Jeremy Schutz - South Australia
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Launceston, Tasmania, Pinnaroo farmer and show president Jeremy Schutz was announced as the 2016 National Rural Ambassador.
Samuel Martin - New South Wales
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Sydney, New South Wales, Samuel Martin of who works at the Ben Nevis Angus Stud, was announced as the National Rural Ambassador for 2015.
Courtney Ramsey - South Australia
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Brisbane, Queensland, agricultural policy researcher Courtney Ramsey was named the 2014 National Rural Ambassador.
Prue Capp - New South Wales
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Feilding, New Zealand, equine dentist and veterinary science student Prue Capp was announced the 2013 National Rural Ambassador.
Tim van de Molen - New Zealand
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Perth, Western Australia, Waikato farmer and rural banker Tim van de Molen, was announced as the National Rural Ambassador for 2012.
Wade Timms - Queensland
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Adelaide, South Australia, Wade Timms of Nanango was named the 2011 National Rural Ambassador.
Carla Tierney - Queensland
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Melbourne, Victoria, owner of Dance Central Kingsthorpe Carla Tierney as announced the 2010 National Rural Ambassador.
Bruce McConnel - Queensland
At the Rural Ambassador national finals held in Hobart, Tasmania, young agribusiness manager Bruce McConnel, was announced as the National Rural Ambassador for 2009.
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
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