Childers local Chelsea Whitaker is throwing her hat in the ring to become National Rodeo Association Queen and she hopes to inspire others along the way.
The 22-year-old was born and raised in the Bundaberg Region and, although she didn’t grow up in the world of rodeo, her robust passion for the sport is commendable.
“I ride and compete my big off-the-track thoroughbred, known as Lucifer to the rodeo world and formally as Latitat on the track whom I was a stable hand for in New South Wales,” Chelsea said.
“I’m a 22-year-old single mother, born and raised in the Bundaberg Region, I did the majority of my school at Childers primary and Isis high.”
Chelsea was inspired to saddle up for the National Rodeo Association Queen competition after being involved in Miss Showgirl Junior in Childers as a teenager.
“The showgirl quest definitely boosted my confidence and love for supporting the communities and sports that I love,” she said.
“I have decided to run for National Rodeo Association Queen as I’m extremely passionate about the sport of rodeo and educating our public on the rodeo world.
“Also to extend a hand to those who weren’t fortunate enough to be born into rodeo, I wasn’t, and to help them get into rodeo and chase their dreams.
“I encourage so many young women to reach out to their show committees and give it a go.”
Between following her passion and motherhood Chelsea finds the time to capture amazing images of the rodeo circuit, through her photography business, C Whitaker Rodeo Photography.
“The National Rodeo Association is an Australian rodeo association founded in 1966 with the first goal to create fair prize money and judging,” Chelsea said.
“Now the NRA hosts close to 100 rodeos a year with over 600 competitors, creating a circuit easily accessible for those with full time family or work commitments.”
To follow Chelsea’s quest to become National Rodeo Association Queen follow her on Facebook.