Winners & Top 40: 2016

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Our 2016 Leadership Comp Winners! #C2CGirlsLead

Watch the inspiring video capturing our 2016 Power Trip Video here. 

We were thrilled to unveil TWELVE winners of Country to Canberra’s 2016 Leadership Competition – more champions than ever before! The 2016 winners were an exciting group of young female rural leaders, who submitted passionate videos and stories about gender equality and rural Australia. The winners were:

NSW: Elise Toyer of Batemans Bay Mandy Mills of Forster Philadelphia Coleman of Nelson Bay.

SA: Isabella Hall of WhyallaRuby Eckermann of Murray Bridge.

VIC: Annette Waters of RochesterLouise Hobbs of Kaniva.

QLD: Kaitlin Bell of BeaudesertJasmine Elliott of Gladstone.

TAS: Imogen House of Wynyard.

NT: Melinda Mees of Humpty Doo.

WA: Bethan Rainey of Bunbury.

Click on their names to read the winners’ biographies or view their phenomenal entries below. The winners scored an all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra to meet Ministers & CEOs, attend a Powerful Women’s Breakfast, tour Parliament, receive leadership and public speaking, long-term mentorship and much more. Check out the POWER TRIP PHOTOS HERE. 

We were also delighted to unveil the Top 40 finalists, published below.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. We received the highest number of entries EVER, making it incredibly difficult to select finalists and winners. It was truly our toughest year yet. If you weren’t successful – we encourage you to enter in 2017 and to stay in touch, as we have multiple new opportunities coming soon! We want to do everything we can to help all young rural women achieve thier goals #C2CGirlsLead


TOP 40 2016

Why is gender equality important to you and your community?

Winner 2016

Elise Toyer, NSW

Click here to see Elise's winning video.

Winner 2016

Annette Waters, VIC

Click to check out Annette's winning video!

Winner 2016

Jasmine Elliott, QLD

Click to check out Jasmine winning entry!

Winner 2016

Isabella Hall, SA

Click to check out Isabella's winning entry!

Winner 2016

Bethan Rainey, WA

Click to check out Bethan's winning entry!

Winner 2016

Melinda Mees, NT

Click to check out Melinda's winning entry!

Winner 2016

Imogen House, TAS

Click to check out Imogen's winning entry!

Winner 2016

Kaitlin Bell, QLD

Click to check out Kaitlin's winning video!

Winner 2016

Ruby Eckermann, SA

Click to check out Ruby's winning video!

Winner 2016

Philadelphia Coleman, NSW

Click here to read Philadelphia's winning entry.

Winner 2016

Louise Hobbs, VIC

Click to check out Louise's winning video!

2016 Winner

Mandy Mills, NSW

Click here to see Mandy's winning entry.

Finalist 2016

Areej Hassan, TAS

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Makayla Haste, QLD

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Mia Cincotta, VIC

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Amelia Morris, VIC

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Chloe Zell, NSW

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Abby Garratt, WA

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Mikayla Arnold, VIC

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Kate Kiely, WA

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Quinnie Warren, QLD

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Madeline McShane, SA

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Maya Taylor Trenow, WA

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Shaquille Swan, NT

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Lucy Arundell, NSW

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Amy Nield, SA

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Mikayla Lorenz, SA

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Tasha Hurley, NSW

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Amy Muir, NSW

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Nellie-May Louise Huth, QLD

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Ella McAllister, QLD

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Lily Day, VIC

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Isobel Davis, VIC

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Hannah Box, VIC

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Anna Hall, VIC

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Pauline Siteaud, NSW

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Kelly Anne Yoon, NSW

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Srujitha Mallela, WA

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Mikah Appel, QLD

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.

Finalist 2016

Caitlin Pink, SA

Check out this amazing Top 40 entry.