Keighley Newans entered her first pageant to try something new and ended up taking out one of the competition’s top prizes.
The 15-year-old Narellan Vale girl took out the Junior Miss Teen Australia crown in Townsville last week.
Keighley said the experience was surreal.
“I wondered if they had called the wrong name at first,” she said.
“I went in with no expectations so to win Miss Congeniality and the title was exciting – I wanted to to cry.”
Two of Keighley’s fellow contestants were Rachael Jamieson, 18, and Keira Hoban, 14, from Werombi and Harrington Park respectively.
Both of them performed well in the competition.
Keighley said it was wonderful to have Rachael and Keira there with her.
“We had such a good time, we were together every day and we flew back together,” she said.
“Spending time with the girls was the best part [of the pageant].”
Keighley said she hoped to participate in more pageants in future.