Hazlet’s Brooklynn Becker has been formally crowned as the 2017 Frontier Days Ambassador.
June 8 was a big day for the current Grade 9 student from Hazlet School, as she was presented her crown and sash from outgoing 2016 Ambassador Lexi Hicks.
Becker is right at home on the back of a horse, having competed as a member of the Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association and Speedy Creek Barrel Racing Club. She also keeps busy as a wrestler and volleyball player, and she continues with her own jewellery business, Bling for Brooklynn, which she started three years ago.
“I’m really proud and honoured to be the ambassador,” Becker said. “I’m usually shy and I don’t usually do this stuff, so I kind of want to inspire people to get out of their box a little bit.”
“I’m really excited for this opportunity.”
Becker will now gear up for a busy Frontier Days on June 28 to July 1. She will be involved with everything from the kick-off Pancake breakfast on June 28, riding in the colours during the Canadian Cowboys’ Association rodeos, through to the Frontier Days Parade on Canada Day.
Outgoing Ambassador Lexi Hicks handed over her title on Thursday and reflected that she had a memorable year as 2016 Frontier Days Ambassador.
“The year was fantastic. It was amazing. I had lots of incredible experiences and opportunities.”
She enjoyed her time at last year’s Frontier Days and participating in the Frontier Days Parade, but she also enjoyed carrying the colours at the Frontier Days rodeo plus the CCA Finals Rodeo which were hosted for the first time in Swift Current this past fall. Hicks also attended four days of Agribition, and again had a chance to ride in a flag into the rodeo arena at Regina’s pro rodeo event.
She said she had a chance to both shine light on Frontier Days plus share information about the entire Southwest.
“I found that I was the ambassador for all of Southern Saskatchewan and just agriculture and our western heritage as a whole.”
Hicks will be graduating Grade 12 in Mortlach this month, and in the fall she will be taking Policy Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary.
Hicks noted that being the Frontier Days Ambassador assisted her in gaining entrance into her course, as she felt comfortable going through an application interview as part of her university entrance process.
“I think that from having to interview to be the Frontier Days Ambassador, that was able to help me throughout my interview into University. So I’ve definitely grown a lot from this title and this experience.”