Kane Goldsworthy has been in rural communities all of his life, beginning in Roxby Downs, where his family worked on a cattle station, until 2012 when he and his family moved to Port Neill.
Since moving to the area, the 16-year-old has been involved in the community, especially the Cleve Show, where he would play music and help with the setting up of tents and stages.
Kane said he first got involved through performing with the Cleve Area School.
This year, he became the show’s ambassador as a way of increasing the attendance.
“I wanted to try and give back to the show, and that’s why I decided to apply for the Cleve Show Ambassador,” Kane said.
The role meant he had to be present at the show with the show society’s president, particularly at the opening of the show.
“I then went up against a girl from Kimba for the Eyre Peninsula Young Rural Ambassador but she dropped out, so I got the job.”
Kane then went onto the state finals in Adelaide, where he and eight other finalists spent a day together at the Adelaide Show Grounds on Friday, July 14 before taking part in a 20-minute interview in front of a panel of three judges.
A formal symposium dinner for 120 people was held at the Rydges Hotel in South Terrace that evening.
Each finalist had to answer three questions and speak at the dinner, before the winner and runner-up were announced.
Lachlan Johnson from the South East and Border region took the title of SA Young Rural Ambassador and will now go onto the national finals in Sydney and have to attend other shows across the state, with Rebekah Starick from the Central region named as runner-up.
“The judges asked us about ourselves and our involvement with our local shows and then one question about something in our resumes,” Kane said.
“For me, it was about playing lawn bowls.
“They didn’t know many young people who play and enjoy lawn bowls, so they asked me why I did.”
Kane said his favourite thing about living in rural communities was knowing everyone.
“Every community is different and hard to define but being able to go out into the community and know everyone is great,” Kane said.
Kane has left Cleve Area School to work on a cattle station 70 kilometres east of Marla for the remainder of the year and hopes to pursue a career as an electrical technician in the Australian Defence Force after that.
He urges other young people to get involved with their local shows.
“Get involved with the local shows, apply to be an ambassador,” Kane said.
“If you get the chance to make it as the Eyre Peninsula Young Rural Ambassador, you’re doing really well.”