THIS year’s Miss West Coast could come from Gooseberry Hill.
The suburb’s Laura O’Neill (pictured) is vying for the title tonight at Scarborough’s Matisse Beach Club.
The ECU early childhood studies student is also hoping to be chosen as one of six finalists to represent WA at the Miss Universe Australia finals in Melbourne in June.
“I was born at Kalamunda Hospital and went to Gooseberry Hill Primary School, Kalamunda High School then finished years 11 and 12 at Helena College,” she said. “I’m currently in my last semester studying my Bachelor of Education (early childhood studies).
“Late last year I was invited to participate in the Miss West Coast program.
“I am absolutely loving the competition as it’s bringing a new perspective to my life and I never expected to be a state finalist in the top 24.
“I am enjoying the fundraising events with Toybox International to fundraise for a new NETS Ambulance to transfer neonates. I work with children with disabilities, so Toybox International charity is a cause that is very close to my heart.”
Laura said the competition had built her confidence, broadened her knowledge and “developed my passion for national and global issues”.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have been given with Miss West Coast which has empowered me to step out of my comfort zone and participate,” she said.
The 2016 Miss West Coast winner, Helena Valley resident Caris Tiivel, went on to win Miss Universe Australia.
Miss West Coast final
Matisse Beach Club, Scarborough