Chichester stage manager in Miss Great Britain finals

Louise Ballard is in the finals of Miss Great Britain
Louise Ballard is in the finals of Miss Great Britain

THE talent section of beauty pageants is traditionally associated with singing or dancing.

But assistant stage manager Louise Ballard showed off a different set of skills to reach the final of Miss Great Britain – wrestling.

“People have this image of very stereotypical, old fashioned women, I thought this would be a bit different,” said the 26-year-old from Fareham.

“I have got a career and I do this.”

Louise started work at the Chichester Festival Theatre when she was 19 years old and is currently working on Another Country.

Her friends always encouraged her to enter a pageant and this year is her last chance because of age restrictions – she turns 27 the day after the final.

“The first round there were 306, then it was down to 120 and now I’m in the final,” said Louise, who is sponsored by the The Bell Inn, in Broyle Road, Chichester.

“It is quite a weird surreal thing.”

As part of the competition, contestants are encouraged to raise funds for the Rainbow Children Hospice, in Leicester.

She is organising fundraising events and donations can be made via: justgiving.com/Lou-Ballard.

Voting for the pageant opens on Monday, October 14, and closes on November 14.

To vote for Louise, text MISSGB 39 to 64343. Votes cost £1 plus standard network rate.