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 eleven 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.