PHILLIPA Steele told a rapturous crowd on Saturday night that although her beloved Nadroga team was not taking home the Farebrother trophy back to Sigatoka, they were taking home the 2012 Divisional Crime Prevention Carnival crown.
"Don't worry we'll take back next year," said Ms Steele.
While accepting her crown from Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, Ms Steele said she was overwhelmed by the support she received from her family, her friends and from her sponsors, Sigatoka Electric Limited.
The 16-year-old Sigatoka Methodist College student said her life would never be the same following her win.
"I came into this carnival at the very last minute so I didn't come prepared but I was so happy that I was chosen to represent Sigatoka.
"I'm just so happy and speechless right now," Ms Steele told The Fiji Times after her win.
"It still hasn't sunk in yet. I didn't really think that I'd win this and I just want to thank my mum and dad for being there for me and for continuing to support me in everything I do.
"They gave up so much to get me here and I won this because of their support and this win is for my whole family and the people of Nadroga," she said.
Ms Steele said she was ready for the upcoming challenges that came with winning the crown
"I would take this opportunity to advocate more on crime prevention so at least the crime rates in the west and in Fiji can at least be lowered.
"I look forward to these challenges and I hope to keep spreading this message to the people of Fiji," she added.