WEARING a check peplum cut top, oxblood leather skirt and a custom-made headpiece to match, Kate Speldewinde was crowned this year’s Face of Canberra Racing.
The 26-year-old physiotherapist from Nicholls, beat 18 other finalists to the top spot.
“It felt awesome to win, it was a bit of a shock because the calibre of entrants was so high and everybody stepped up their game, but I am so happy,” she says.
“I have really fallen in love with racewear fashion, it is a nice blend of placid and sexy whilst being modest with knee-length skirts. It is nothing too showy, it is all about elegance”.
The competition, which was this year sponsored by Westfield, has two stages, in which women aged 18 and 35 are tested on their ability to create the perfect racewear ensembles and offers a prize package worth $10,000 including $1000 cash, a modelling portfolio, modelling training and a crystal vase trophy.
Marketing manager of Thoroughbred Park, Briony Young, says of the entrants: “They have to have an understanding of classic race fashion rules and guidelines, they have to be able to speak to the media and carry themselves well, an overall good ambassador.
“The entrants surprise us every year and are all eager to be a part of the whole competition. We are very happy with the judges’ decision”.
This is the sixth year of the annual competition, which brings the “spotlight on to racing in the ACT” says Peter Stubbs, Thoroughbred Park’s CEO.
“It creates an opportunity for people, especially young people and women, to be exposed to racing and to enjoy it,” he says.
“They come to more events in the future and even become participants. It is a chance to have a good time and to get dressed up.”
As her first duty, Kate judged the Fashions on the Field competition at Marymead Ladies Day at Thoroughbred Park.