Going for a Royal Rodeo

With a crown on offer and a title to claim, the 2008 Isa Rodeo Queen Quest is well underway with entrants hard at work fundraising with the help of the Mount Isa community. This year’s Isa Rodeo Queen Quest hopes to deliver results that match the significance of the 2008 event, the 50th Isa Rodeo to be staged. With the milestone year being marked, the ongoing theme of “gold” is expected by the potential royals with large fundraising efforts on the agenda as the entrants prepare for the XXXX Rodeo Ball and the Queen Crowning.

At the helm of the 2008 Isa Rodeo Queen Quest is the newly appointed co-ordinator, Sue Wicks. Ms Wicks has been an Isa local for over three years and comments that taking the role as Queen Quest Co-ordinator is about “relishing and enjoying being part of the Isa community”.

Her community citizenship is active with the many roles she plays in the city. Ms Wicks is the current President of the Mount Isa Tourism Association, she is an Executive Member of the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce and also a Board Member of the Zonta Club of Mount Isa. In addition to this, Sue is involved in fundraising at a local level for Breast Cancer Awareness and for Zonta

Through her commitment to Zonta, Ms Wicks has assisted voluntarily at the Rodeo for the past 3 years within the Corporate Sponsors Area giving her the knowledge of the hard work that goes into the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo.

Not only does Ms Wicks come with Rodeo and Fundraising experience, she will also be able to educate entrants of the rewards that come from entering quests. In earlier years, Sue was an entrant in the ‘RLS Girl in a Million Quest’ and was voted Miss Popular by her quest peers.

The Queen Quest Entrants for 2008 are:

Cecile Edmonds
Cecile was one of the first entrants to nominate for the quest and will be fundraising for the Leukaemia Foundation. “I enjoy interacting with people in the local community and I’ve always seen the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Queen Quest as an opportunity to assist a local charity, whilst being involved in Mount Isa’s premier event,” said Cecile Edmonds.

Louise Brogden
Louise has entered the 2008 Quest to lend a hand to the Mount Isa Hockey Association. “I joined the Queen Quest to assist with improving the hockey facilities in Mount Isa and ultimately encourage more participation, a larger competition and more Mount Isa representative teams,” said Louise Brogden.

Donna Kuskopf
Returning the favour to Mount Isa Rugby Union, Donna is fulfilling a dream to be a Queen Quest entrant. “When the opportunity was presented to join the Queen Quest, I thought that it would be a great means of becoming more involved in the local community by fundraising for a worthy charity whilst also having fun and meeting new people,” said Donna Kuskopf.

With the entrants rolling our fundraising events across the city in between shopping for their ultimate Rodeo Ball gown, the girl’s commitment to the cause has impressed the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Committee.

“Each year we have been very fortunate to receive a high calibre of Quest Entrants wanting to be involved and 2008 is no exception. The Queen Quest is an important part of rodeo, we want the Isa Rodeo to be represented by the local community and our Queens facilitate this role, they become our Ambassador for the next twelve months”, said Mrs Joyce McCulloch, Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo General Manager.

MEDIA – An opportunity to meet and photograph the Quest Entrants, the Quest Co-ordinator and the General Manager of Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo has been scheduled for 5pm this Thursday 3rd July at the Buchanan Park Events Complex. Please confirm your attendance by emailing: marketing@isarodeo.com.au

The largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo will be held from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August 2008. With this year bring the milestone 50th Rodeo coupled with a record bounty on offer to competitors, the event is preparing for what will be its biggest year ever.

For further information about the 2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706.

The Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo is benefiting from a Premier’s Development Grant of $50,000 under the Queensland Events Regional Development Program (QERDP), a State Government initiative designed to take unique and creative regional events to their full potential.

Since the program began in 2001, more than $10 million has been invested in over 500 regional events.