Road to Miss England 2013:
Leanne Ward, Miss Plymouth, was crowned Miss Devon 2013 on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Grand Hotel, Torquay. The beauty from Plymouth is 22 years old and stands 5’7”. With the tittle, Leanne Ward will compete in the finals of Miss England 2013, scheduled to take place in Torquay on 16th June 2013.
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Leanne Ward Crowned Miss Devon 2013
Leanne Ward was crowned Miss Cornwall in 2011, and Miss Plymouth in 2012.
As part of the pageant, Leanne will be doing a sponsored sky dive at 15,000 feet for the charity Beauty with a Purpose at the end of May – and has raised over £200 so far by working as an amateur photographer.
Miss Devon Leanne Ward with Miss Torquay Amy Crosby who was crowned on the same night.
Leanne Ward profile:
Achievements: I mostly have personal achievements and have overcome difficulties. During my school years, I struggled with most subjects. Finding it hard to concentrate I often became distracted from my studies, this lead to me become disruptive. I was deemed a troublemaker and was often isolated from my classmates this made me a target for bullying. It was with a lot of hard work and thanks to my mum that I left school with high GCSE grades and went on to college to study intermediate science. In my final year it was discovered that I have a form of dyslexia that wasn’t noticed before, this explained my struggle throughout my schooling. I have found a way to overcome this and not let it become an obstacle. I have achieved so much since leaving college; have grown so much as a person and in confidence. In 2009 I entered a local competition called “The Face of Plymouth”, riddled with low confidence I took the step to enter the modelling contest and was lucky enough to reach the finals. Even though I didn’t win anything from this, the new confidence boost was the best prize I could have asked for. Since then, I have been modelling locally and even modelled at Royal Ascot for the Royal Felt Maker for a charity show. I first entered the Miss England world in 2011 when I won the title of Miss Cornwall. Being a national finalist was a great honour and another step up for my confidence. During my time as Miss Cornwall I did a lot of fundraising for a local charity called CHICKS, I ran the Plymouth half marathon, the 10K and also did a 10,000 foot skydive. I loved the experience so much that in 2012, I entered Miss Plymouth and won another title to my name. I also won a place in the Semi-finals and went on to represent the city in the finals once more.
Talents: I’m not a talented person; I can\’t sing and have two left feet! But I am always keen to learn new things. I love portrait photography, and have my own small photography business that I hope to expand one day.
Ambitions: I have many ambitions and goals in life. I would like to be successful as I can in whatever I do. I am a support worker for adults with Autism, the job is highly rewarding and I aim to eventually go on to work with children with learning disabilities or youth work. Also, to have a successful photography business is another aspiration that I have.
Why do you want to enter: I am entering Miss England once again, as Miss Devon 2013. The prospect of the finals being held in Torquay is very exciting as I will be able to represent the county that has given me the opportunities I have needed to become the person I am today, and on home turf. It was a shock to have won the title and I am honoured to have inherited the title from Charlotte Holmes. I love how being a part of the contest is like being a part of a big community and meeting the contestants from all of the different parts of the country is fantastic. Mostly importantly, the charity work that is involved in the contest is so rewarding! I love how all of the finalists pull together to raise a lot of money for worthy causes. I am looking forward to the charity work that I will be involved in on the run up to the finals; I aim to do as much as I can to fundraise for Beauty with a Purpose. In May, I am taking part in a 15,000 foot skydive for the charity. It would be an absolute dream come true to become Miss England, especially whilst representing Devon as the contest makes its debut in Torquay. I aim to be a role model to the young people of the county that are facing the same difficulties that I did, and give the message that it takes hard work and determination but you can be the person you want to be. I am looking forward to welcoming the rest of the finalists to the beautiful county that is Devon, and hope to do the people of Devon proud. Being from the same city as our Miss England, I hope to keep the crown in the county.
Courtesy of Miss England website.