With Population numbers growing in and around the areas of Sydney more and more families are looking for new and exciting ways for their child to ‘shine’ in a sport setting.
Accompany that with a growing interest in pageantry within Australia and it raises a very serious yet controversial question: Is pageantry a sport?
While there are pro’s and con’s to every argument it’s important that we assess what constitutes a sport. As defined, a sport is ‘an activity involving physical
exertion and / or skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment’.
Now lets look at pageantry; Is it a competition? Yes. Are their Try Outs? Yes, Do attire, diet, training and coaching come in consideration? Yes, yes, yes and YES!
Goals need to be met, trophies are awarded and values are learnt.
Moving forward from this, is pageantry good for the local business community? Most definitely! As an experienced competitor and pageant coach I have seen the advantages businesses have received as a direct result of pageants.
The Band Club in St Marys has seen an increase in patronage due to Charity pageants conducted there, Dress stores such as the Doll House xoxo and Smik have increased sales and beauty parlors as well as salons have increased their cliental as a contestant always wants to look polished on stage – just as a Dancer or figure Skater would. Hair appointments are made, Spray tans are applied and make up is purchased. All things aiding in the growth of our local businesses whether they be small or large entities.
You may then ask what pageantry gives back to society…
To list an example; Future Faces Charity Pageants, the MAQuest and Australian Galaxy pageants all have a charity element and contestants are awarded for their participation and contribution to the said charities and for their volunteerism.
Australian Galaxy pageant contestants have raised over $200,000 for The Make-a-Wish Foundation Australia and Wildlife Warriors. An enormous achievement for all involved!
While many are often quick to dismiss pageantry as a sport it is important that as a society we recognaises it as one and we play our part in assisting in the growth and development of those who elect to compete. Shaming them will only add to the negativity that already exists in this world and that is not what pageantry is about. As a ‘community’ we are strong, determined and it is our general aim to empower others to fight for a better future. The future we all deserve.
Article Published in Hitek Business Magazine October 2015.