Pilbara Girl a winner again

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Treinaya Phillips is on top of the world after being announced the 2016 Pilbara Girl at a major event held in Broome in October.

Pilbara Girl is a leadership program targeted at young Indigenous women between the ages of 16 and 25.

Participants first take part in five days of professional development workshops on topics including leadership, public speaking, bullying and suicide prevention and anger management, as well as deportment and grooming.  

The workshops then culminate in a fashion show held in Karratha where the participants get to strut their stuff on the catwalk. The annual Pilbara Girl finalists are selected at this event before travelling to Broome for the final.

This year, six girls from Port Hedland and nine from the Karratha area including Roebourne, Wickham and Cheeditha Community, took part with six of those girls making it to Broome.

The six finalists were Kheylan Mitchell from Newman, Treinaya Phillips from Roebourne, Nikita Shaw from Wickham, Tanaya Stevens from Wickham, Shequarne Parker from Youngaleena and Jacinta Copin from Roebourne.

Pilbara Girl 2016, Treinaya Phillips, said she decided to take part after being talked into the idea by her cousin.

"I wanted to do something to make my family proud and to build my confidence in myself," Treinaya said.

"The program is not about beauty, it's about learning the leadership skills you need to be a role model.

"One of the great things we did in the workshops was trace our bodies and talked about what we love about ourselves and each other to learn to be more positive about who we are."

Treinaya said she was quite nervous at the finals in Broome as there was about 500 people in attendance and she only knew a handful of those.

"The whole amphitheatre was full and there was even people outside the gate," she said.

And how did she feel when she was announced Pilbara Girl 2016?

"I was so overwhelmed because I just didn't think I'd win," she said.

Treinaya's message to other young women in her community is a simple but powerful one.

"I would tell the younger girls that they can be anything they want to be and they don't need drugs and alcohol to get there," she said.

Treinaya works at the One Tree Child and Parent Centre in Roebourne, known locally as Gurlu Gurlu Maya, and is studying early childhood education.

"I'd love to do acting and modelling one day but I love working with children and can always come back to that," she said.

Woodside's Asset Manager at the Karratha Gas Plant, Andrew Lobb, said the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project had been a proud sponsor of Pilbara Girl for a number of years.

"Congratulations of course must go to Treinaya, who was named Pilbara Girl 2016, but I want to acknowledge every Pilbara girl who took part in this's year's program for stepping outside their comfort zone and trying something different," Andrew said.

"You are all great role models for your respective communities I hope you've each gained something from the experience that will help you well beyond Pilbara Girl."

Each year, Pilbara Girl is proudly presented by Broome-based Goolarri Media with local support from Impact Media.

The event is also proudly supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and other sponsors including Virgin Australia, Broome Toyota, ESS, Compass Group Gateway Village, Karratha International Hotel and Soroptimist International.

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