Jasmine dances into Showgirl comp

JASMINE Phillpott moved to the Coffs Coast from Bingara just two years ago, so the 2009 Coffs Harbour Show will be her first.

The 17-year-old Toormina High School student was persuaded to enter the Showgirl competition by her grandmother and her school friend Tilonya Phillips, who was in turn persuaded by Jasmine.

The rural connection is a pleasant one for Jasmine, who enjoyed life on the family farm at Bingara and finds living in town 'very different'.

Town life does make it easier for her to pursue her interest in ballroom dancing, with Jasmine dancing three times a week at Bayldon, Urunga and Mylestom with Marshall Dancesport.

She is now involved in dance competitions and has already competed on the Gold Coast.

“Latin dancing is probably my favourite, especially the cha cha,” Jasmine said.

She plays touch football and says swimming is also 'a big favourite of mine.'

A volunteer surf life saver with the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club, it is easy to see why Jasmine is able to say 'I'm pretty fit'.

A former competitive swimmer when she lived west of the Divide, she is currently studying for her HSC and hopes to become a professional swimming instructor for small children.

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