Crowns and gowns left behind for the racing

By Kate Wilson

BEING crowned Miss Bundy Thunder was just the start of a big weekend for Tara Williamson.

The bubbly 19-year-old spent the first weekend of her title surrounded by the nation's top boat drivers.

"I got the chance to go out on one of the wakeboard boats - that was a definite highlight," Miss Williamson said.

"I have also been working in the corporate tent, which was a great opportunity to meet some of Bundaberg's most important people."

The Bundy Thunder celebrations kicked off on Friday night with a parade down Bourbong Street.

Hundreds of residents turned out to see the boats and the girls.

But Miss Williamson said she couldn't enjoy the evening until after the Pre-Race Party.

"This weekend was great because all my nerves were gone and I could relax and enjoy myself," she said.

"It has been a pretty jam-packed weekend."

The brunette will be a guest on a breakfast radio show for the week.

Miss Williamson won Miss Bundy Thunder, the public speaking award and was runner-up in the charity award.

The Miss Bundy Thunder runner-up was Bonnie Holmes, Belinda Finlay raised the most money for charity, and the Most Photographic was Miranda Raines. Hayley Archer won the People's Choice Award and Jodie Montgomerie won the Entrants' Choice.



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