BREANNA Blick is the type of person you may want to hate. She’s a blonde, tanned and gorgeous teen beauty queen, with a perfect white smile and an athletic body honed from lifesaving.
But behind this 18-year-old’s glittering appearance is a tragic story, one that motivated her to enter — and win — the Miss Teen Australia competition in November.
Now she’s taking her fight to the world.
Breanna lost her father Wayne to bowel cancer when she was just six years old, and he was only 36. “It really opened my eyes at a young age to how cruel the world can be,” she told news.com.au. “It made me stronger.”
When the young woman, from Newcastle in NSW, saw an advert for an international beauty pageant that required entrants to have a campaign platform, she decided she wanted to compete for her dad, as well as her mum Narelle and sister Maddy, 19.
“He was so supportive of us,” she said. “He used to take us every Sunday to the beach for Nippers, until he was too ill. Even when he was sick, he was still talking about going to Queensland.
“He was such a funny, fun dad. He was just awesome.”
Wayne was diagnosed with bowel cancer when Breanna was just four years old. He battled hard but, heartbreakingly, lost his life on Father’s Day 2006.
So on September 3 each year, Breanna posts an emotional Facebook tribute to her truck driver dad, a surf lifesaver and boat rower who passed on his passion to his daughters. “Wish I could see this smile one more time,” she posted last September, along with a photo, ten years after his death.
The year before, she wrote: “I can’t…