Queen announced

Mount Isa is celebrating a new royal with the crowning of the 2007 Isa Rodeo Queen taking place last night (4th August) at the Mount Isa Civic Centre. Claiming the throne to rule for 12 months is Kirra-Leigh White, the youngest entrant within this years Quest who was fundraising in aid of the Mount Isa PCYC.

A self confessed “sports fan”, the 20 year old Ms White showed her devotion to sport through fundraising with a Sports Memorabilia Auction and a State of Origin fundraising event as well as conducting and attending a number of other donation generating events.

Ms White received the judge’s vote through her exceptional knowledge of Mount Isa, history of the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo and her bubbly personality which she had used to secure and motivate community support for her fundraising. During her interview with the judging panel, Ms White said, “the Rodeo Queen Quest has really opened my eyes to the Mount Isa community, I’d like to be involved more and continue to support more local organisations”.

The judging panel was looking for an entrant that not only had researched Mount Isa and the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo but also an individual who’s presentation and personality would positively represent Mount Isa. It was Ms Whites comment, “It’s not about winning the Quest, I’ve had a great time and would recommend it to anyone to enter, but for me I’m just happy to have raised money for the PCYC” which impressed the judging panel.

Crowned Isa Rodeo Charity Queen for 2007 was Margie McDonald who entered the Quest to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Ms McDonald’s fundraising included a night golf competition and a poker run. The Isa Rodeo Charity Queen is awarded to the entrant that has raised the most financially.

Whilst only two girls left the Mount Isa Civic Centre crowned, the judges reiterated the high quality of all five entrants and said there had been much deliberation and conversation over all girls as the standard was so high. All five entrants have been invited to be mentors to entrants of the 2008 Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Queen Quest.

Kirra-Leigh White and Margie McDonald will spend the next 12 months fulfilling official duties and attending functions as ambassadors for the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo including parading in the Mardi Gras and attending the rodeo events.

The largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2007. With a record bounty on offer to competitors, the event is preparing for what will be its biggest year.

For further information about the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706.