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Our girl Aoife hits booty camp

Style & ShowbizBy Jim Gallagher
TUG OF PWHOAR: Aoife gets stuck in
TUG OF PWHOAR: Aoife gets stuck in

She looks a million dollars even in a wetsuit and camouflage gear.

She looks a million dollars even in a wetsuit and camouflage gear.

Miss Sunday World Aoife Hickey had the time of her life at a Miss Ireland boot camp in Westport, Co. Mayo, this week as she swapped her lipstick for war paint with over 20 other beauties.

The girls were taking part in a three-day bonding session at the Adventure Islands park prior to the Miss Ireland final on August 28.

Aoife hits the water

And all-action girl Aoife was up for the challenge as she climbed ropes, slid down zipwires and shot her colleagues in a Hunger Games-style archery competition.

And that was before she donned camouflage gear to tackle an assault course and tug of war competition – and wipe out opponents in a paintball battle.

“My favourite bit was kayaking and canoeing. That was really my type of day as I’m a real tomboy,” said the 5ft 11in beauty.

Before heading home to Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Aoife said the whole experience had been amazing.

“Getting to know all the girls was great craic, but to do all the water sports just made it.

“Even just spending the nights in the house was a great bonding session for the girls as we got to know each other.

“I thought the boot camp was going to be really competitive between us, but it was just fun with the girls.

“I had met Miss Tipperary Lauren Browne briefly, but we have become really close and Elaine Galvin, too, Miss Clare.”

Gaelic-speaking Aoife showed off her all-round skills by singing an Irish song in Matt Molloy’s pub in Westport, where the girls were a big hit.

“I wouldn’t say I was good now, but I tried anyway. God loves a trier,” she laughed.

Aoife said her feet have hardly touched the ground since winning the Miss Sunday World competition back in May.

“It has been crazy. Between shoots and everything I don’t know myself and I am still kind of adapting to it,” she said.

“The opportunities I have got from Miss Sunday World in the last two months alone have been fantastic. I would definitely come back as Westport is fab. And Adventure Islands I would gladly come back to for a weekend with the girls.

“It is so much fun and for a weekend away it’s the ideal location. I am so sad it is all over.”

The dark-haired beauty, who says she is “recently single,” will be back in work today in a factory office, where she is saving to go back to college to become a personal trainer.

Meanwhile, she is looking forward to the big night on August 28, where she is expected to be one of the favourites.

“Singing in the pub and things like that are totally out of my comfort zone so I am more prepared for the final now.”

This was the third annual boot camp run by Miss Ireland, which has grown every year.

Learning the ropes...

“It’s a great way for the contestants to get to know each other before the final,” said Miss Ireland organiser Brendan Scully.

“The girls come from every county in Ireland so it’s nice to bring the show on the road. It’s not just a Dublin competition.”

Westport opened its arms to the contestants with the Clew Bay Hotel and Murrisk Tavern inviting them for champagne receptions.

Westport House and the Westport Wargames Adventure Park also played host to the girls.