7 May 2013
Record entries for Young Ambassador
Gore Gold Guitar Young Ambassador Awards convenor Tracey Millan is confident this year's event will be outstanding with a record nine entries.
The revised format and increased cash prize have attracted a high calibre line up of young people, including St Peters' teacher Aidan Forbes, the husband of reigning young ambassador Shanna Forbes.
Forbes won't be the lone male, as has been the case in previous years, with Hokonui Radio announcer Luke Howden also throwing his hat into the ring.
The men are joined by Laura Smith, Leonie Dennis, Ashleigh Sinclair, Tegan Pay, Jamie O'Neill, Kodie Tuhakaraina and Adele Gardyne.
Mrs Millan said she was not only very excited about attracting so many entries, the highest number since the awards were established nine years ago, but she was also very impressed with the standard.
The entrants' first public outing will be tonight (7 May) at the Gore Country Music Club's monthly club night. There will be an informal get together next Wednesday, where the judges get the chance to talk with each contestant individually, before the final on 25 May.
With so many entrants and great entertainment lined up for the final, Mrs Millan believed the final will be a sell-out. Tickets will be $5 each and go on sale at the Destination Gore Visitor Centre on 13 May.
Judges this year are Gore District Council community development officer Melissa Smith, Gore sister city committee member Susan Jones, Mataura Licensing Trust board member Barbara McKay, Eastern Southland Chamber of Commerce chairman Scott Bowden and Gore Country Music Club president Peter Cairns.
The first prize package includes a trip and accommodation to the Tamworth Country Music Festival and $1000 cash.