Kate’s a prime rural ambassador for the Lowood Show Society
IF it wasn't for her school's show team, Kate Oweczkin believes she wouldn't have completed her secondary education.
Studying in Brisbane, Kate joined the show team and found her passion for stud meat sheep.
When she moved to Lowood after finishing year 12, Kate found herself wanting to stay connected to the rural industry.
Although she's never lived on a farm, Kate became the perfect candidate for the Lowood Show Societies Rural Ambassador - so much so, she's held the title for the past two years.
"I actually wanted to do the show girl but because of the traditions, you can't have children or be married, which didn't fit my situation," Kate said.
The mother-of-two first contested the Rural Ambassador title in 2015, backing up her title, again, this year.
She said not coming from a "rural background" made the West Moreton and Brisbane Valley Sub Chamber competitions more challenging, but still enjoyable.
"I was in the regional finals last year up against third generation farmers that have contributed a lot to the industry," Kate said.
"... and here I was having moved from Brisbane and trying to give it a go."
Kate's determination as a rural ambassador has paid off, having introduced a sheep section to the Lowood show, which stemmed from her high school stud competition days.
"When I loved here and went to the show I noticed there wasn't a sheep section," Kate said.
"I thought I could so something about it."
Kate introduced the section in 2014 and has a number of schools travel to Lowood to compete.
Kate is currently studying towards being an agronomist.
"I'm very conscious of our environment but at the same time, I'm very supportive of our farmers," she said.
"I want to be able to help on both sides."