Welsh win as senior member of the year is announced

WELSH Young Farmer Caroline Dawson has been named the 2009 YFC Senior Member of the Year, sponsored by Farmers Guardian.

The 25-year-old Cilcain club member endured a two-day assessment, facing a tough interview with the three-strong judging panel on Saturday and then again on stage after the National Pantomine performances had finished on Sunday.

Caroline, who works for the Welsh County Council as a Geographic Informations Officer, is club chairman and activities chairman for Clwyd. She is also Wales' vice-chairman for the activities and international committee.

Since joining the club in 2001, she has grasped a multitude of opportunities to progress within the organisation and impressed judges with her relentless work and enthusiastic involvement at national level.

Co-judging the competitors was Ceiriog Jones, from Clwyd, who said the seven competitors were the organisation’s ‘cream of the crop.’

He said: “It was a matter of a couple of points that separated them all, but Caroline was without doubt a worthy winner and has clearly developed into a mature and keen ambassador for the YFC.”

Receiving her award, Caroline was visibly emotional and said it was her proudest moment to date.

“I guess I am quite new to the organisation compared to some, but I wanted to seize every opportunity that came my way,” she said.

“I am so proud to have won the award and it is a huge honour. Being in the Young Farmers has given me friendship and opened doors that otherwise would never have happened.”

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