A local beautician and hairdresser has joined the quest to become Mount Isa’s next rodeo queen ambassador.
Courtney Johnstone, 22, entered in the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo Queen Quest competition last week to raise money and awareness for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
Having personally used the service from a young age, Ms Johnstone wanted to give back to the organisation that helped her in a desperate time of need.
“The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides care to people who are rurally isolated, who cannot get the care they need locally,” she said.
“When I was younger I broke my hip and I was living more than eight hours away from a hospital that could provide the service I needed. The RFDS flew me to the hospital to receive care and then home again.”
Having lived in Mount Isa for two years, Ms Johnstone said she had grown to love the community while working at Sanctum Medi Spa and Shut Up and Cut.
“I love Mount Isa but wanted to become more involved in 2018, so I decided to enter in the quest,” she said.
“Mount Isa is such a friendly town and the community generously give donations and support the rodeo queen charities each year.
“There are so many opportunities in Mount Isa and it enables you to do whatever you want to.”
Ms Johnstone said she had attended the Isa Rodeo every year while living in town and thoroughly enjoyed the festivities.
“The Isa Rodeo is a massive draw card for locals and tourists each year,” she said.
“It is a large scale event that brings so much to our small community and I look forward to promoting the competition events and festivities through the queen quest experience.”
Having only just entered in the Queen Quest competition, Ms Johnstone is unsure of what events she will host during the next six months but looks forward to hosting her first event in February.
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