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Fashionista with a cause

FASCINATING: Best fascinator at the Port Lincoln Cup, Brooke Cupples.STREAKY Bay resident Brooke Cupples willcompetein the State Final of the Fashion at the Races competition at Morphettville next weekend as the representative for Port Lincoln.
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Ms Cupples was selected for the competition after winning the title of ‘Best Fascinator’ at the races in Port Lincoln a few weeks ago.

“I actually went in it hoping to win only because I thought if I won I could make a speech about the National Jockey’s Trust,” Ms Cupples said.

The best dressed and runner-up for the competition both pulled out of the state competition, and Ms Cupples was selected to go on behalf of Port Lincoln, much to her surprise and delight.

Ms Cupples initially entered the competition in memory of her late sister, Simone Montegomerie and as part of an event she had organised for her charity ride ‘Cycling for Simone’ taking place in July this year.

The ride was originally a dream that Ms Cupples’ father had to raise money and give back to the National Jockey’s Trust; an organisation who support jockeys that suffer life changing falls and families of the fallen.

“He said that it would never happen, he just thought it would be good if it did. So from that moment on I just wanted to make it happen for him because I couldn’t bring back Simone for him so I thought: let’s do it,” Ms Cupples said.

The small group of family and friendswill set off on ‘Cycling for Simone’from Streaky Bay in July and ride all the way to Darwin.They aim to complete the ride in 26 days, the age of Ms Cupples’ sister Simone at the time of her death.

“None of us were cyclists, we’ve all only just bought a road bike,” Ms Cupples said.

“Ionly got my first at Christmas time so that’s the beauty of it we’re all just amateurs. We’re just out to do something for the love of Simone and the National Jockey’s Trust.”

Ms Cupples has now started preparing for the state final competition, determined to win in order to make a speech about the National Jockey’s Trust at the Morphettville race meet.

“I really want to just kind of get that word out that let’s support these jockeys who are – every time they jump on the horse – risking their lives,” she said.

She gotin touch withsomeone who is involved with thoroughbred racing in Sydney in the hopes they they could help her to hire a dress for the occasion, but when they heard about her causethey organised to have a dress made especiallyfor her.

“It’s all just come together perfectly. I’m so excited, it’s all meant to be,” she said.

The State Final of the Fashion at the Races competition will take place on Saturday, May 7 with 15finalists competing.

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