VAS Ltd promotes and coordinates two award programs that encourage and support young people living in rural and regional Victoria, the Victorian Agricultural Shows Rural Ambassador and the VAS Ltd. Junior Show Ambassador Award. The Awards highlight and celebrate rural and regional young people, with a particular emphasis on candidates who are involved with their local show. The Awards seek to draw attention to the talent, creativity and ingenuity of young rural Victorians and in doing so encourage the candidates to become engaged citizens across local communities.
During the Awards cycle the candidates participate in public relations and leadership seminars to enable them to polish their communication and presentation skills and prepare them for the State Finals.
Both the Victorian Agricultural Shows Rural Ambassador Awards and the Junior Show Ambassador start at the local show or field day level and progress to a Group final where the winner is invited to compete at the State Final of each Award. It is not a requirement of either Award that the local show or field day hold a competition to determine a winner at the show/field day; how the winner is determined it entirely up to the show/field day.
VAS Rural Ambassador
Rules and regulations
- Open to people aged between 20 and under 30 years as of the 1st May 2017
- The candidate must reside in Victoria
Judging criteria for the State Final
- Community and Local Show/ Field Day Involvement – Entrants must demonstrate an active involvement and a desire to be involved in the future and improvement of their local community and or show. 40 Points
- General and Rural Knowledge – Entrants must demonstrate a broad general knowledge, an awareness of local community issues and an understanding of current affairs relating to rural life and industry. 20 Points
- Personality traits consistent with both the awards and the entrant’s ambitions and goals will be assessed (e.g. enthusiasm, creativity, confidence, leadership). 10 Points
- Each Entrant’s ambitions and goals will be assessed on their integrity and relevance to the awards. Entrants must demonstrate steps towards achieving their goal. 10 Points
- Communication Skills – Entrants are expected to demonstrate effective communication skills – written, oral and interpersonal. 10 Points
- Style, Grooming and Deportment – each Entrant’s presentation will be assessed according to the suitability of their attire and conduct in a range of contexts. 10 Points
- Public Presentation (3 minute speech) – each Entrant’s public presentation will be assessed according to the quality of the content, delivery and the extent to which it addresses the set topic. 20 Points
Sponsors – State level
State Final Prize money
To Be Advised
Aims of the Rural Ambassador Awards
|To highlight the talent, creativity and ingenuity of young rural people and in doing so, encourage entrants to be role models in their local communities.||To encourage and reward enthusiastic, skilful and industrious young people who are actively involved in their communities.
To assist all entrants through their participation to develop strong leadership and communication qualities.
To enable entrants to gain greater proficiency in their chosen field and also develop entrants’ stature and reputation in that chosen field.
Conditions of Entry – Summary
|Entry into the Rural Ambassador Awards is via this official Application Form only
The Application form must be completed and signed by the entrant.
Entrants must be aged over 20 years and under 30 years as at 1 May (2017).
|Entrants may be involved in a rural or agricultural based industry or be associated with a Show Society/Field Day but do not necessarily need to reside in a rural community
If successful at Group level, entrants must attend the State Final during the Royal Melbourne Show and all judging requirements
Announcement of the State winner will be made during the Royal Melbourne Show
The State winner is required to represent Victoria in the National Finals, which may be held interstate or in New Zealand.
The Rural Ambassador Awards Committee will not enter into any correspondence in relation to selection and the judges’ decision is final
An unsuccessful entrant may re-apply in following years providing they meet the Conditions of Entry. Previous State winners are ineligible to enter
There will be no joint winners. If a final decision cannot be made, advice is sought from the Chair of the Rural Ambassador Awards Committee
|Please submit this Application Form along with the following items to your local Show Society/Field Day secretary.
All information in this application will be treated as confidential and will only be disclosed to members of the Society conducting the judging.
|1. Please provide a curriculum vitae (CV) and address the following points:
· Practical Skills
· Personal Achievements
· Other Interests (e.g. sports and hobbies)
2. Provide a summary of why you want to be involved in the Rural Ambassador Awards
3. Provide a summary of our Show Society involvement (include any judging, stewarding and exhibiting experience as well as general responsibilities during your Local Show).
4. Provide a summary of your rural and/or community involvement (e.g. volunteerism, employment, memberships)
5. Provide a summary of your ambitions and aspirations.
6. Describe how your selection could assist both you and your Show Society
Application form available here.
VAS Junior Show Ambassador
Run solely by VAS.
Sponsored by JLT (Australian Insurance Brokers)
Rules and Regulations
- Open to people aged between 16 and 19 (on the day of their local show/field day)
Judging process for the State Final
A panel of three judges will preside over the VAS Junior Show Ambassador Awards. Group winners (finalists) will be invited to participate in the State Final at the annual VAS Convention. Finalists will be invited to submit their resume prior to the State Final and this will be sent to the judges. Finalists will attend a formal interview with the Judges and the winner will be announced at the annual VAS Dinner either at the end of June or early July, Finalists are able to invite their friends and family to the dinner at a cost to be advised closer to the Convention.
Judging criteria for the State Final
- Community / Show Involvement
- Community Involvement – Entrants must demonstrate an active involvement and a desire to be involved in the future and improvement of their local community
- Local Show/ Field Day Involvement – Entrants must demonstrate an active involvement and a desire to be involved in the future and improvement of their local show society
- Rural and General Knowledge
- Entrants must demonstrate a broad general knowledge, an awareness of local community issues and an understanding of current affairs relating to rural life and industry
- Ambitions and Goals
- Each Entrant’s ambitions and goals will be assessed on their integrity and relevance to the awards. Entrants must demonstrate steps towards achieving their goal
- Communication Skills
- Entrants are expected to demonstrate effective communication skills – written, oral and interpersonal
- Personality and Confidence
- Overall Presentation
State Prize Money
Winner: $700 and trophy
Finalists: Each group winner receives $100 towards the cost of attending the State Final
Proudly sponsored by:
CHIEF STEWARD: TBA
ENTRY FEE: $2.00
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