A BOROUGH teenager will be swapping retail for roller-skates this Sunday as she tackles a full marathon as part of her bid to be crowned Miss Birmingham 2016.
19-year-old Paige Aitken will be hoping it’s a case of second time lucky after finishing in the top 12 of last year’s competition.
With 850 girls initially entering the competition, Paige has managed to secure a place in the final 40 and is hoping a combination of brains, charity and beauty can propel her into the top spot.
The Fordbridge resident will be raising funds for Beauty With A Purpose – a worldwide charity which provides aid to disadvantaged children all over the world.
Paige said: “I have belief this year and I’m trying a lot harder to be up near the podium places.
“The competition isn’t all about beauty and looks, there’s lots going on at the moment and I’m volunteering at a local brownie class full of some amazing young girls.
“I’m hoping to inspire my community and really make a difference during the competition – I’m really excited for the two weeks ahead.”
Paige admits that although the daunting challenge of a 26 mile roller-skating marathon may sound hard, her motivational levels will remain high in the knowledge that she’s benefiting the those not as fortunate as most.
The sales assistant, who works as a member of cabin crew during the summer, will also be hosting a fundraising day at the Pavillions Sporting Club in Kingshurst this Saturday, starting at 2pm.
Paige added: “The rollerskating marathon will be tough but I’ve been keeping myself fit by doing plenty of training so hopefully it will pay off on Sunday.
“My fundraising day will be full of fun with plenty of games for children within the community – everyone is welcome so I look forward to seeing as many people possible.
“The girls I’m competing against are amazing and hearing their stories is so inspiring, everyone gets along so well and it’s like our own little community.”