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Girls to take a Power Trip to Parliament

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More young rural women than ever before have won a ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra to connect with influential female politicians and CEOs, after being announced winners of Country to Canberra’s prestigious Leadership Competition today.

A record-breaking 15 girls took out the competition, including three Indigenous Australians, and are being rewarded for their outstanding ideas about diversity and leadership.

“Hundreds of young women submitted phenomenal videos and stories, making it an incredibly tough selection process,” Country to Canberra CEO Hannah Wandel said.

Hannah Wandel. Credit: MartinOllman

Hannah Wandel. Credit: MartinOllman

“The girls should be extremely proud of such a huge achievement! They’ll be great ambassadors for their local communities when they shine on the national stage in Canberra,” Ms Wandel said.

Dubbed ‘the experience of a lifetime’, the Power Trip includes a Powerful Women’s Breakfast at the Hyatt Hotel, meetings with Federal Ministers, mentorship sessions, a tour of Parliament, leadership and public speaking training, tickets to Question Time and more.

“In past years, the teenage winners have met with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, Minister Fiona Nash and Senator Jacqui Lambie,” Ms Wandel said.

“It’s all about empowering rural girls to reach their leadership potential, by combating both gender and geographical barriers to success. We want to help more young women take on leadership roles, and ensure girls in the bush can access career and education opportunities,” she said.

Shanae Klaas

Shanae Klaas

16-year-old winner and Indigenous student Shanae Klaas of Katherine, NT, is looking forward to the trip.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to represent my community and take my leadership skills to the next level,” Ms Klaas said.

15 winners were selected from the 2017 Leadership Competition – more than ever before. They are Shanae Klaas of Katherine NT, Lara Stimpson of Nhulunbuy NT, Eliza Nelligan of Port Lincoln SA, Vanessa Vu of Renmark SA, Georgia Stonehouse of Wynyard TAS, Eleanor McCormack of Ulverstone TAS, Rose Denovan of Bathurst NSW, Eve Currie of Bathurst NSW, Sabine Conolly of Atherton Tablelands QLD, Merin Ward of Gladstone QLD, Navyaa Shukla of Karratha WA, Amy Astill of Kalgoorlie WA, Isabella Thomas of Daylesford VIC, Rachelle Dowling of Yarragon VIC and Taylor Kelsey-Shueard of Portland VIC.

Country to Canberra has published the Top 40 entries on its website and is passionate about keeping all entrants involved in the organisation.

“Our aim is to empower all rural girls to reach their leadership potential, and that’s why we’re introducing workshops for schools, rolling out in 2018. We need to continue to encourage young women’s leadership, fight for gender equality and a fairer and more progressive Australia for all,” Ms Wandel said.

The ‘Power Trip’ will run from December 3-6. Visit: www.countrytocanberra.com.au for more.

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