My name is Simone Hendrick Buchanan. I am a proud Irish woman, born in Cork city and raised in Dingle, Co Kerry. My mom is from New Ross, Co Wexford and my dad is South African. When I was 11 I emigrated to South Australia.

I currently live in Adelaide with my mum, stepdad and sister. All of my extended family remain in Ireland and I have family in every county from Wexford to the Kingdom of Kerry.

I am studying to become a primary school teacher and I intend to specialise in music therapy and work with children with learning difficulties, as I know how positively music has impacted my life.

I sing, play the piano and I help run the music ministry in our parish church. I also love to dance. I have trained in jazz, ballet, character, contemporary and Irish dance. I believe there is great healing in the arts and that we should all embrace our own creativity.

I grew up near Tralee, meeting the Roses and I am so excited to represent South Australia and be a strong role model for my sister and the next generation of young women.