Looking picture perfect and keeping your composure while
being blasted by chilly gales is challenging.
But it did not seem to ruffle Edie-Mae Wilkins as she was
crowned Queen o' the Heather at the Caledonian Society of
Otago Highland Games yesterday.
The 19-year-old Work and Income case manager was one of six
contestants battered by strong winds during the presentation
at Logan Park.
"There wasn't enough hairspray on hand. But the wind did
provide good Celtic atmosphere," she said.
Miss Wilkins was delighted with the honour.
She had never entertained the idea of entering a beauty
pageant before and was glad a work colleague had "pushed" her
"Initially, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. But
it's been a wonderful learning curve."
She said the other contestants had experience in Scottish
dancing and had very close ties with their Scottish ancestry.
"But I don't. I felt like I was on the back foot really. I'm
very surprised to have won."
However, the experience had encouraged her to explore more of
her Scottish background.
Miss Wilkins will now represent Dunedin at public functions
next year, including the Paeroa Highland Games, in Waikato,
Michelle Mitchell was runner-up and Jaimee Quarrie third.
The Otago Centre Piping and Dancing Association received the
Albert Wheeler Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding
performance in the annual games.
Matt Dallow, fitness trainer for the Highlanders Super 14
rugby team, enjoyed further success by gaining the Doug Hall
Memorial Trophy for the best performed athlete in the
Mr Dallow also won the trophy last year, organisers said.