Kate’s a prime rural ambassador
IF IT wasn't for her school's show team, Kate Oweczkin believes she wouldn't have completed her secondary education.
While studying in Brisbane, Kate joined the show team and found her passion for stud meat sheep.
When the 22-year-old moved to Lowood after finishing Year 12, she 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 Society's Rural Ambassador - so much so that she has 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.
"I was in the regional finals last year up against third generation farmers who have contributed a lot to the industry," Kate said.
"I 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 lived 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.
"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."