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The perfect woman does exist

Posted at 7:32am Thursday 25 Oct, 2018 | By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

 

She's not a myth. The perfect woman lives in Luggate and walks amongst mortals. Sonya Adams was crowned Stonewood Homes 2018 Perfect Woman on Sunday, October 28 at the Luggate Pub.

In a contest of beauty, brawn and digger driving skills, Sonya Adams' ability to open a beer bottle using her belt buckle put her in the number one spot. A cancer survivor herself, Adams was in – stilettos and all – to raise money for Canlive Cancer Trust, a local charity that hosts residential programmes for people with active cancer and their support people.

The competition saw 24 women pit their skills against each other; testing their mettle in a helicopter, a stock car, and a jet boat. Other tasks included ironing, darts, backing a trailer and assembling a sawhorse. But it was the thirty seconds to talk about themselves which helped Adams clinch the title.

“When I was 32 I got breast cancer, then at 34 it returned in the breast and liver and I was given three months to live. I was in hospice and things were grim. But then the Herceptin started working and here I am 15 years later,” she said.

The Wanaka Dreams wedding hire director wasn't going to enter but was prodded along by a series of serendipitous events; the chiefest being the discovery of an old diary entry from when she was in the thick of cancer treatment saying, “in 15 years you are going to get up and tell your story”. So that's precisely what she did and she won the Perfect Woman title for her effort.

After a somewhat disastrous backing-the-trailer category (“it was an epic fail”), Adams cleaned up in the stock car and jet boat racing before hammering in a nail with all the refined finesse of a real Southern Sheila. With a frock and bit of lippie for the final round, Adams took first place with Skyla Taylor (Mt Somers) taking second, and Sharee Corbett (Mt Somers) taking third.

The organiser, Stew Burt  was thrilled at the event. “It was such a fabulous bunch of women competing and just so much fun. Watching them assemble a sawhorse was the highlight for me. I can't believe one of them sold on the night for $250”.

The total funds raised is yet to be confirmed but Burt expects over $5000 will go to Canlive Cancer Trust.  

Pictured: Sonya Adams.

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