Clare is keen to make a difference

Kate PollardThe West Australian

The countdown to this year's Wagin Woolorama is on and rural ambassador Clare Ward can't wait for the gates to open.

Ms Ward was selected to promote Wagin's best known agricultural event on March 8 and 9, as part of the rural ambassador competition.

The national competition is aimed at young rural adults who have a passion for living and working in rural communities.

Representatives compete within their zone, with the State finals held in August before the nationals.

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Born and bred in Wagin, Ms Ward said she thought the award was out of her reach and could not wait to give it her best.

Her focus will be on promoting Woolorama and the behind-the-scenes work, as well as young people returning to live and work in rural communities.

"I am part of the next generation of people returning to the country," Ms Ward said. "I have experienced the positives and negatives of this transition and want to promote this life change to other young people."

Ms Ward moved back to Wagin not far from the family farm after graduating with a bachelor of animal science at Murdoch University.

Working at Wammco International as a quality assurance manager, she helps ensure it meets international and government export market regulations.

"Within a 50km radius of where I live, there has been an occupational therapist, teacher, accountant, plumber and soldier return to the country," Ms Ward said.

The rural advocate said each person had brought back different life experiences and skills.

After a 30-year absence, poultry will be back at Woolorama, along with new events such as an agricultural discovery trail for students and an all-breeds dog show.

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