Wow! I can’t believe that in two weeks’ time, Miss Wales 2016 will be crowned. The journey leading up to the grand final can be best described as unforgettable. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone and taken part in events that I have only ever dreamed about. It has been an experience that I wish would last a lifetime.
The journey began in August 2015. Before applying for Miss Wales, I had no experience of pageants so a lot of people were very shocked when I decided to put my name forward. I was delighted to have the opportunity to be interviewed and after I left I remember keeping everything crossed that I would be chosen as a finalist. From the short period of time I spent there that day, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of. I was thrilled when I received the email from Paula, telling me that I had been successfully chosen to be a finalist…. me a Miss Wales finalist… ahhh! From that moment on, I met some of the most inspiring girls, which have motivated me to become a better version of myself. They have made this experience really special to me.
After receiving my fundraising bucket and sash, the charity events began! Raising money for ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ has made me feel very proud to support a fantastic cause. I have held a coffee morning, 2 car boot sales, a 5K run and a Name the Easter Bunny and Chick. As well as my own personal charity events, I have joined in on the Wedge Walk and Miss Wales’s 2015 Farewell Fashion Show. After completing my first charity event, I was overwhelmed by people’s generosity and their support and this gave me real motivation to complete more events. After every fundraiser, I always get a real positive buzz as I have contributed to bettering a child’s life.
From taking part in charity and social events alongside the girls, I have grown so much as a person. I have never been confident in myself and I am always so shocked when I achieve something, my Grandma always tells me ‘believe in yourself’ but it’s something that I have never been very good at. With the final just around the corner, I feel that I have grown in confidence which has positively impacted upon many aspects of my life, in particular my chosen career as a Primary Teacher. At the beginning of my PGCE, I was self-conscious speaking out to a class of 30 children. With the help of the Miss Wales experience, in my last formal teaching observation I achieved to well above my expected standards, meaning I am even closer to my goal.
I feel incredibly blessed to have been given this experience by Paula and very thankful to my amazing sponsors Subway. I am looking forward to finding out who the next Miss Wales will be, every girl in this competition deserves it.