I am Cat McWhirter: a 25-year-old actress, personal trainer, and free spirit from the charming lake town of Tega Cay, SC.

I'm driven by a burning desire to equip others to live their fullest possible lives. It's this passion which drove me towards careers in the performing arts and physical fitness: acting to inspire the heart and soul, and personal training to build bodies and minds. Stories can change lives and healthy bodies can live them to the fullest; it's an honour to be a part of both.

Outside of my career, I enjoy reading, running, weightlifting, and volunteering! I love to travel, meet new people, and allow new life experiences to shift my paradigm and understanding of the world.

I am incredibly grateful to the South Carolina Rose Center, and for an unmatched community of family and friends who have built me into who I am today. My Irish heritage stems from Leitrim and Donegal on my father's side, and Derry and Down on my mother's.

I am beyond thrilled for the opportunity to travel to Ireland as the South Carolina Rose and meet extraordinary women from around the world!