North Sider Sheril McField recently represented her current home county of Surrey, England, in the Ms. Galaxy UK 2015/2016 contest.
The 31-year-old mother of three, who bested 100 other contestants to become Ms. Surrey Galaxy in May last year, took part in the finals for the national Ms. Galaxy contest on Feb. 4.
Galaxy Pageants produces the U.K.’s Mrs. Galaxy, Ms. Galaxy, Miss Galaxy, Miss Teen Galaxy and Junior Miss Galaxy competitions. The winners of the Galaxy pageants get to compete in the Galaxy International Pageant held in Orlando.
Out of the 26 finalists who made it to the British national competition, in an experience she dubbed “sensational” and “momentous,” Ms. McField was awarded the prize for 3rd runner-up (4th place), as well as winning the Best in Evening Wear Award.
“As this was my first pageant that I have ever entered I was proud to be serving Surrey, and even more elated to be representing the Cayman Islands,” said Ms. McField.
“Coming from such a minuscule island to a big country and winning the regional title had me speechless.”
Ms. McField praised the other contestants, as well as pageant director Holly Pirrie.
“When I made it to the top 10 in the pageant, I was proud, ecstatic and content,” said Ms. McField.
“In my heart I was willing to walk away knowing that I did myself, my family and both of my countries proud.”
She said she had been overcome by emotion when she heard her name announced in the top 5.
“I, Sheril McField, a short girl from the smallest town in the Cayman Islands, North Side, was the 3rd Runner Up in Ms. UK Galaxy in England. Words cannot express the feelings that I carry within at this very instant,” she said.
Ms. McField said she is getting ready to celebrate her upcoming birthday, and the official crowning of Ms. UK Galaxy on Saturday, Feb. 13. After that, she’ll be returning to her “Land of Soft Fresh Breezes.” “No success is colossal without home, sweet home,” she said.
Ms. McField plans to pursue work as a commercial model, having graduated from John Casablancas Modeling & Careers Center in Atlanta a few years ago.
She said she previously put a four-year model contract for the Atlanta Film & Fashion Board along with Model Productions USA on hold for her kids.
After her experience in the pageant, she says, she feels the 3rd runner-up award symbolically represented the three Cayman Islands, and with that, offered a kind of sign.
“I must admit that the influence was positive and I’ve came out more confident,” she said.
“I will definitely be [entering] another pageant. With Jesus by my side, the best is yet to come.”
Thanking her parents, family, friends and supporters, she said she was extremely grateful for all their encouragement so far.
“But to my biggest fans, my kids, whom I could hear screaming for me on stage, no words can describe the debt of how they made me feel,” she said. “I love you!”