Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bessie Bardot joins rugby pack - Sunshine Coast Daily - 24th July 2008

It’s strange company for a girl more likely to be photographed with Richard Branson, Ian Thorpe or Shane Warne.

But it’s a fair bet Maroochydore Rugby Club has backed a winner with its choice of master of ceremonies for its major annual charity bash.

Bessie Bardot has made a career out of being … Bessie Bardot.

Queensland Reds and Australia A coach Phil Mooney, former Reds captain John Roe and recently retired Reds veteran David Croft will contribute manfully to the rugger talk at the August 1 luncheon at Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club.

But organiser Mike Elder suspects even those icons of the game may have agreed to attend because of the club’s choice of MC.

While Bardot’s physical attributes may, as organiser Mike Elder hopes, have rugby’s young bucks lining up for tickets, the best-selling author, speaker and businesswoman can hold her own.

The 2005 Australia Day and Mercedes Fashion Week ambassador and 2005-2006 Make a Wish Foundation ambassador has been nominated for the Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

She is also the chief executive of four of her own companies and has written four books: Bessie’s Guide For Girls – More From Life, Bessie’s Body Secrets, Secrets of a Female Entrepreneur Exposed and, with husband of 10 years television personality Geoff Barker, Casting Couch Confidential.

For its part, Maroochydore has one of the proudest records in Coast rugby, and fields 155 senior players in four competition sides and one non-competition third grade outfit and 256 players in 12 junior teams.

Tickets are $120 and include lunch and drinks. Phone 0414 698 632

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