Miss World Finalist has World Vision

 Elissa Kettlewell. Picture: David Broadway
Elissa Kettlewell. Picture: David Broadway

MISS World Australia WA finalist Elissa Kettlewell (17) wants to use the opportunity of being involved in the competition to work with a charity.

The Dianella resident, who has described her first experience in the competition as “really great”, was motivated to enter because of the chance to help others.

“I saw how much of an impact it made on helping people worldwide which I love doing,” she said.

“I love caring and looking after people.

“My aim is to make a difference to the community around me, help to make the world a better place.”

Ms Kettlewell is studying event management at Central Institute of Technology in Northbridge and said she was keen to see behind the scenes of the competition.

“I’ve always been an organised person and have always had an image in mind of me running some great events,” she said.

“I love being a team leader so I thought it was a perfect course for me to study.

“Miss World Australia is a huge global event, so being behind the scenes is a privilege as I get to see how a big event like that is managed.”

Also an animal lover, Ms Kettlewell spends much of her spare time with her horses.

“I have ridden horses since I could walk; my mum knew I wouldn’t grow out of it,” she said.

“I remember when I was little, I used to go to the Royal Show just to sit there all day and watch the horses getting ridden around and thinking to myself ‘I’m going to do that one day’ – and now I am.

“I have two beautiful horses at the moment, I have a standard-bred gelding named Miami and an off-the-track thoroughbred mare named Milly.

“They are based in the Swan Valley (which is) definitely one of my favourite places to ride.” The Miss World Australia final will be held from August 27-30 in Perth.

n Other Miss World Australia WA finalists in the area include:

Ally McCluskey (26) from Morley. Ms |McCluskey found her passion for rail engineering at 15 after being inspired by her father to work with him part-time. She has been in rail engineering for 11 years.

Jovetta Johnson, (20) from Beechboro. Ms Johnson is studying law and finance at Murdoch University. She is originally from the southern Indian state of Kerala and works part-time as a nursing assistant to elderly people.