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NZ Gold Guitar awards
hit record 730 entries
Entries for this year's New Zealand
Gold Guitar awards have hit a high
note, with a record 730 received.
From small beginnings 40 years ago,
where the awards attracted 38
entries, the event has soared in
popularity. The sections drawing the
biggest number of entries are female
vocal, with 33 entries, senior gospel,
with 46, senior country rock, with 44
and intermediate vocal solo with 55
Awards media liaison Shona Hew-
lett said the awards committee is
thrilled with the number of entries.
''The record number of entries is a
testament to the prestige the awards
are held in across New Zealand.''
A year to remember: The 2012 Gore Gold Guitar Young Ambassador winner Shanna
Forbes. She has loved her 12-month ambassador role.Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 627883757
By SHANNA FORBES
An honour and a privilege.
That's how I describe my unforget-
table 12 months of being the Gore
Gold Guitar Young Ambassador.
It has brought me some amazing
experiences, memorable moments,
new friendships and plenty of self
growth. But now I'm preparing to
hand over my title, with this year's
winner to be announced on May 25 --
the Saturday before Queen's Birth-
day Weekend and the New Zealand
Gold Guitar Awards.
For me, it will end a magical year
because there have been many
highlights, especially the trip to
Tamworth, Australia, for their
10-day Country Music Festival.
Not only was I treated like royalty
over there, but the atmosphere was
incredible. Everywhere you turned
there were buskers gathering and
large crowds of country music
enthusiasts from early in the
morning until late into the evening.
Knowing some of the New Zealand
musicians playing over there made
it that much more special. We went
to many concerts and international
gatherings, as well as the rodeo.
It was such an experience that my
husband and I are looking forward to
heading back next year.
Being a part of the New Zealand Gold
Guitar Awards in Gore was also
great and prepared me somewhat
before heading to Tamworth. I have
also thoroughly enjoyed being a part
of the Gore-Tamworth sister city
committee and I look forward to
continuing in that role.
For anyone between 18 and 35 years
in Gore thinking about entering this
year's young ambassador's compe-
tition, you need to be outgoing and
friendly. If you are able to converse
with various personality types, and
are passionate about our commu-
nity, then you are half way there.
Don't be shy, be yourself and be
available to commit to the role fully.
You won't regret it. I didn't.
Ten men vie for coveted title
In training: Is this Gore's Top Bloke? Newslink's Richard Potter gets in some practise before Saturday night's
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 627888407
WHERE: Gore Town and
WHEN: Saturday from 6.30
COST: $25 a person, $250 for a
table of 10.
All proceeds to charity.
How good are Gore blokes?
A competition this Saturday
night aims to find out.
Top Bloke, at the Gore Town and
Country Club, is a night for
Gore men to get up on stage and
perform tasks typically done by
women, such as putting a nappy
on a baby, in an effort to achieve
the highest score.
The highest scoring man will
win all the money raised to go
towards their chosen charity.
Newslink's regional sales
manger Richard Potter is one of
the nine braving the challenge.
He expects the evening to be a
lot of fun, calling it a good
opportunity to make money for
a good cause and have some
laughs along the way.
''I've got a distinct advantage,''
''I'm a JAFA (just another
fabulous Aucklander, perhaps?)
and they're not.''
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