Kids salute to fashion event

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Pilbara Kid’s Fashions off the Field Male 10-7 Years Winner: Joel Lally, 12.
Camera IconPilbara Kid’s Fashions off the Field Male 10-7 Years Winner: Joel Lally, 12. Credit: Picture: Supplied

Young Pilbara fashionistas posed for the camera and swapped their school uniform for race-wear as an iconic track-side fashion event moved online.

Following a successful ladies Fashions off the Field last month, the Nor West Jockey Club announced they would run a kids version of the event to commemorate what would have been Family Day at the Roebourne Races.

About 50 children across the Pilbara dressed up in their finest attire and entered the competition which had two age categories for younger and older entrants.

Harmony Ahio, 8, and Xavier Henderson, 1, were crowned winners for the 0-9 age bracket, with Makenzie Milne, 5, and Ronald Ranger, 5, runners-up.

For the 10-17 age bracket, Akira Smith, 11, and Joel Lally, 12, were awarded top spot, with Zaria Beattie, 13, and Jack Turco, 13, runners-up.

NWJC secretary Leanne Mott said she wanted to create a family fun activity despite racing being cancelled.

“Family Day was one of our biggest events last year and it was so good to see so many Pilbara families come out and just enjoy a day of not just racing but a day of family fun activities,” she said.

“So it was really heartbreaking that the season was cancelled across the Pilbara and we weren’t able to offer that event to the community.

“As much as this has been tough on everyone, the kids kind of haven’t really had much to look forward to throughout all of this. It was really important to give them something to look forward to and really make it all about them. Kids are an integral part of our community. If we show them that they are important and give them events that they can enjoy with their parents and with their family then it promotes that family atmosphere and it promotes families doing things together.”

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