Victorian Agricultural Shows RURAL AMBASSADOR AWARDS

A partnership between Victorian Agricultural Shows Ltd (VAS) and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV)

 

“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 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 at a local level is determined it entirely up to the show/field day.”

Aims of 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 community.

Rules and regulations

1. Open to people aged between 20 and 30 years at the 1st May 2016
2. 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 the local community issues and an understanding of current affairs relating to rural life and industry. 20 Points.
• Personality traits 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 presentation will be assessed according to the quality of the content, delivery and the extent to which it addresses the set topic. 20 Points.

VAS JUNIOR AMBASSADOR

Open to people aged between 16 and 19 years on the day of your show
Judging criteria for the State Final
1. Community / Show Involvement – 20 points
• Community Involvement – -Entrants must demonstrate an active involvement and a desire to be involvement in the future and involvement of the 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.
2. Rural & General Knowledge – 20 points
• 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.
3. Ambitions and Goals – 20 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.
4. Communication Skills – 20 points. Entrants are expected to demonstrate effective communication skills – written, oral and interpersonal.
5. Personality and confidence – 10 points
6. Overall Presentation – 10 points
First -$30.00 cash prize donated by Graeme & Lorraine Morris

 

More details can be viewed here  www.vicagshows.com.au/ambassador-awards/