Peta Hughes, 23, with her winning crown as Rockhampton’s Miss Showgirl.
Peta Hughes, 23, with her winning crown as Rockhampton’s Miss Showgirl. Supplied

Showgirl win surprises Peta

 AFTER being ranked fourth in the world for under-21s, Peta Hughes retired from professional squash with no idea what she wanted to do next.

On the weekend a whole world of possibilities re-opened for her when she was crowned Rockhampton's Miss Showgirl.

The 23-year-old has already accepted a new job offer and can't wait to see what else is out there for her.

“When I left squash I had no idea what to do,” she said.

“I thought about driving trucks at the mines and then I got into hospitality. When I was asked to go in Miss Showgirl I thought, ‘Why not?' because I wasn't doing anything exciting and had no real plans. Now this has changed everything.”

Peta was crowned the winner at the Casino Royale-themed Show Ball on Saturday night at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

The runner-up was Kate Bungey, 19.

Peta, along with the seven other entrants, has spent the last few months fundraising for breast cancer research and attending local functions.

“It was a bit of a shock,” she said about winning the crown.

“Throughout the whole thing it was great because it didn't really feel like a competition – it was just like a group of girls hanging out. I had another girl in mind who I thought would win, and when they called my name I just stood there for a little bit. But I'm very excited.”

Peta will start her new job as the executive assistant to the general manager at Pacific National on Monday after being offered the job at a cocktail party through the Miss Showgirl competition.

She will also be around the Show doing official duties next week and is off to represent the region in the Miss Showgirl judging for the CQ Sub Chamber of the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies, held in Finch Hatton in July.

“I am so happy. Even if you know your path, I would encourage anyone to enter next year, as you just don't know what else is out there for you.”