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Gabby Wins Two Awards

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Gabby Wooler demonstrates her winning whip cracking talents at the 2015 Blackbutt Show
(Photo: Annette Schumacher)

January 26, 2017

Well-known local whipcracker Gabby Wooler, 17, has picked up two awards at the 2017 Toowoomba Regional Council Australia Day celebrations.

Gabby, who lives on a small property near Yarraman, won the Young Citizen Of The Year (Rosalie) Award and the Junior Sports Award (Rosalie).

Her nominations emphasised her fundraising activities as president of the Nanango State High School Student Council, her leadership skills, the role model she sets for younger students, positive attitude and continual striving for excellence.

She is also completing a school-based traineeship in vet nursing.

Gabby’s sports accomplishments are equally impressive.

She is very involved in extracurricular activities at the school including the Queensland Volleyball Cup, Pony Club and riding at local shows where she has won a number of ribbons.

Gabby has also been competing and practising whipcracking for about six years and has competed at both State and National levels with top-ranking results.

She is a self-taught whipcracker and has spent extensive time practising and perfecting new cracks and routines, which she demonstrates at retirement villages, rodeo circuits and Girl Guide jamborees as well as in competitions.

Her accomplishments include a fourth at the Australian titles junior division, eighth at the World Bullock Whip and overall encouragement award, third in both the Queensland titles junior division and the women’s Victorian titles, as well as second at the women’s Tasmanian titles.

She also has competed at the Ekka where she won the junior division.

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Other Rosalie awards were presented to:

  • Citizen of the Year – Janine Maynard (Maclagan)
  • Community – Pastor Joel Pukallus (Goombungee)
  • Community Event – Bismarck to Maclagan 100 Years’ Anniversary
  • Senior Sports Award – Aidan Donaldson

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