My name is Rebecca Mazza, I am a 24-year-old speech pathologist living and working in the inner suburbs of Sydney.  

Originally born and raised in Perth, WA, I had the opportunity to travel to Ireland after high school, volunteering as a school's assistant in Waterford. Here, my appreciation for Ireland's beauty, but mostly its people, truly began! I had the opportunity to meet many of my Irish relatives from Kanturk, Co Cork.

I was privileged to learn more about my ancestors and their stories have deepened my understanding of who I am and where I come from. After my experience in Ireland, I returned to Australia, inspired to continue working with young people.

After a life-changing family experience, I knew that speech pathology was the career for me. Four years later, I graduated with a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology and was offered a job in Sydney, working with both children and adults with speech and communication disorders.

Since applying for the Rose of Tralee, I have further developed in confidence, met countless strong women, and have gained a new 'Sydney Rose' family who have made this experience unforgettable. I am absolutely honoured to be representing the Sydney Irish community at the Rose of Tralee Festival this year.