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Congratulations Lilly Hand – Bourke is proud of you!

The Bourke support crew – Will Murray, Grace Ridge, Lilly, Laura, Susanne, and Warren Hand, “Aunty Leonie” Brown, and Tanya Mitchell. PHOTO Contributed

Bourke’s Lilly Hand is heading home, exhausted but proud of her achievement representing her hometown at the Sydney Royal Easter Show ‘Young Woman’ awards.

Lilly did not take out the title, but certainly caught the judge’s eye.

Bourke Show President, Grace Ridge, said the organisers had already encouraged Lilly to come back next year and play a role in the competition.

“She had a really great time and is now completely exhausted from such a full-on experience,” Grace said.

“But she enjoyed getting to know the other young women finalists and it’s been a good experience meeting new people and having the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Bourke community and the needs of the area.

“You never know what might come out of this experience, through the people she has met and it could mean good things in terms of funding and support for our town because of those valuable connections.

“The judges were exceptionally impressed, and she was very much a contender right through the competition.

“In everything we saw publicly, which is only about ten per cent of what the judges see during the week, she did really well.

“People were able to watch live streams of her interviews and would have seen that she did very well there and overall, she’s had a great experience,” Grace said.

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