Ambassador set to travel

02:17, Jan 10 2014
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Gore Gold Guitar Young Ambassador Adele Gardyne is preparing to leave for the Tamworth Music Festival this month.

Excitement has taken over Gore Gold Guitars young ambassador Adele Gardyne as she prepares to leave for Tamworth, New South Wales later this month.

As Miss Gardyne heads to Gore's sister city for the town's annual 10-day Country Music Festival as part of her duties as young ambassador, the Otama School teacher can not wait to get on the plane.

''I am so excited, it's such a cool opportunity and country music is huge over there, it's going to be amazing,'' she said.

Although there were some tasks involved with being young ambassador Miss Gardyne was ready for whatever was required of her.

The 23-year-old Waikaka resident is one of nine children and had entered the young ambassador contest after a push from one of her sisters.

''It was the last night of entering and I had always wanted to go for it so after she reminded me I sent in my entry,'' she said.


Miss Gardyne was one of eight contestants, which was a record number of entries.

''I was surprised I won, there was some tough competition, but I was so happy when I did,'' Miss Gardyne said.

Miss Gardyne, as part her young ambassador role, spoke at the Gore youth awards and travelled with Gore Districts Mayor Tracy Hicks in the Santa Parade.

''Every part of winning young ambassador has been really cool, I would recommend anyone who wanted to go for it to do so, you won't regret it,'' she said.

Each year the Tamworth Country Music festival attracts about 50,000 visitors.