A Sunderland student taking on multiple challenges following the loss of her dad, is hoping the city will get behind her to help her win Miss Galaxy England.
Georgia Fuller, 20, is in the running to win Miss Galaxy England 2016 after being crowned Miss Galaxy Sunderland in November.
The Psychology with Sport Science student at Sunderland University will compete in the grand final of Miss Galaxy at the Park Hall Hotel in Manchester on February 7.
The swimming teacher said: “This is the first beauty pageant I have done and is completely new to me, so is an amazing experience to have reached the final of the first pageant I have entered.
“I lost my dad suddenly last year and so am taking the phrase ‘life’s too short’ seriously and am having a go at everything!”
Georgia, from Chester Road, lost her dad Laurence Fuller last year after he died of a heart attack aged 59.
It was his death that spurred Georgia on to live life to the full, and take on opportunities her dad would be proud of.
She added:“I have recently started Jeet Kune Do and Judo and have graded for my first belt; modelled for an up and coming clothes company’s website and I have just finished working with Fixers for ITV about the importance of getting children into swimming lessons.
“I’m also getting into acting, I was an Extra on ITV show Beowulf that airs in January, have done a few days on Wolfblood for CBBC, and have a main part in the Northumberland based film Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre by Rod Glenn. So a beauty pageant is something else I am having a go at.
“I am not originally from Sunderland; I’m from Gloucester but came to Sunderland for University, where I am in my last year, and have fallen in love with the North East. I won’t be leaving, hence my decision to represent the region rather than my hometown.”
During the pageant she will have to compete against 36 other women aged 19 plus during a judged interview round as well as modelling swimwear and fashion clothing on stage in front of an audience.
“I am looking forward to it but I am really nervous as I have never done anything like his before,” she said.
Georgia, works as a swimming teacher at Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Hetton pool and Silksworth Tennis Centre pool, for company Everyone Active, who are her sponsors for the pageant.
She hopes to pursue an acting modelling career in Sunderland when she graduates from university next year and wants to raise as much money as possible for the pageant’s charity Christie which supports people with cancer.
She added: “I love Sunderland so much and am so excited I will be representing it in February.”