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November 5, 2019 - Regional teen Sophie has eye for success

At just 17 years old, Tully teen Sophie MacKay is the latest regional champion demonstrating that the Cassowary Coast is bursting with young achievers.

Sophie, a Year 12 student at Tully State High School, was this year’s State final winner of the Prime Beef Young Judges competition in Brisbane, demonstrating a superior eye for assessing prime beef cattle.

She also was earlier this year named Young Rural Ambassador by the Cairns Show Association.

On top of that she’s also an internationally-accomplished dancer, having competed or performed in exhibition and team events in Australia, Singapore, and the United States.

Because of her achievements Sophie was recently honoured to be invited to the Cassowary Coast Regional Council chambers, where she was presented with a certificate of recognition by Council Deputy Mayor, Wayne Kimberley.

Councillor Kimberley said: “Teenagers like Sophie are very proactive in our community. She’s an inspiration for other teens in the area.

“The Council is very pleased to be awarding and recognising young achievers through our region, and we truly hope Sophie reaches all her dreams.”

Sophie said that winning at the Ekka Showground in Brisbane was a surprise victory, although she had worked hard to prepare.

“I was always hopeful, but when the result was announced I was surprised at being the winner but very happy,” Sophie said.

Supportive parents Gavin and Lidia said that Sophie’s agricultural studies teacher Warren Giffin had been a big influence in Sophie’s success.

Says mum Lidia: “Mr Giffin has been very influential in making the kids at the high school believe that they can really do things with their lives. A little bit of praise and recognition goes a long way.”