Tilonya Phillips.
Tilonya Phillips. Leigh Jensen

Keen to be Miss Showgirl

TILONYA Phillips is returning to the Coffs Harbour Show as a Coffs Harbour Showgirl competition entrant a decade after she first donned the sash.

The 17-year-old Year 12 Toormina High School student was an entrant in the Show's junior Miss Coffs Harbour competition when she was just six or seven years old - but she barely remembers it.

“I remember getting dressed up and being interviewed and I liked the little ribbon I got,” Tilonya said.

Next Saturday she will again wear a sash in the show's grand parade - this time as one of the big girls.

The young rider will not be competing in the ring events - her 12-year-old black gelding Willy is enjoying a spell in the paddock until she finishes her HSC, but she will cheer along her younger sister, who will be competing in the hack classes.

Tilonya, who lives outside Nana Glen with her family and their three horses, hopes to gain a place in the nursing course at Southern Cross University's Coffs Harbour campus next year.

Having had her family touched by cancer, she would like to specialise in cancer care.

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