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About the Boab Quest

Now in it 57th year, the Derby Boab Quest has become an integral part of the Derby Boab Festival. Each year  entrants are nominated for their outstanding work in supporting local charities through community fundraising events. The Boab Quest is a way we can all acknowledge the people in our community who give freely of their time to support those in need.

Derby Boab Quest

Rachael Leamy | Derby District High School


Hi my name is Rachael Leamy and I am the Boab Entrant for Derby District High School in 2018. I spent the first four years of my life in Fitzroy Crossing and then moved to Derby. I went to primary school at Holy Rosary School and attended boarding school from year eight until year twelve.

Growing up in Derby has been fantastic and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Working as a teacher at Derby DHS now is amazing, and it has been great to come back and work in such a fantastic community.

The funds raised will go towards upgrading the play grounds at Derby DHS. This will ensure that the children have a high quality play environment to promote purposeful and fun play. I look forward to working with and supporting such an amazing community.

Courteney Perry | Derby Speedway Club


Hi my name is Courteney Perry and I am entering as a Boab quest entrant for the Derby Speedway Club. I was born and raised in Derby and love this town I call home. Some of my hobbies include horse riding, fishing/camping, spending time with friends/family and racing speedway. Speedway has been a huge part of my family for as long as I can remember, both my parents and my 2 brothers have raced. Now I have my niece and nephews all racing either cars or go carts. The Derby Speedway is a family orientated club where all members of the family are encouraged to get involved while providing spectators with some fast and furious action.

The club takes pride in showcasing our home town of Derby to other drivers, competitors, spectators and tourists with our main events of the year attracting drivers from Albany in the South to Kununurra in the North. With the money raised we hope to further improve our grounds, track, infrastructure and continue to provide a safe and fun environment for people of all ages of our great town and surrounds.

Join the long and illustrious list of past Boab Quest Entrants



Download the Nomination Form

Please contact: Lynnel Buckle.
e-mail: boabfestival@gmail.com

Sarah Heppell | 2017 BOAB QUEST WINNER


Hi, my name is Sarah Heppell, and I am proud to be the Boab Quest entrant for Derby District High School this year. I was born and raised in Perth by parents who love camping, fishing, and four-wheel-driving. I have fond memories of travelling through the Kimberley and up the Gibb River Road as a child. Fast forward 25 years, and I’ve returned to the Kimberley region to work as a School Psychologist in Derby and surrounding communities after completing post-graduate university studies in psychology and education. Over the last year, I have immersed myself in the Derby lifestyle and culture, getting to know people and their stories along the way. There’s something magical about Derby town and I’ll never stop exploring and learning about this amazing country.
I am excited and honoured to be representing DDHS to raise valuable funds for our school. As a School Psychologist, I am passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of our students and families. Over the boab season, I will be raising funds for our school to provide valuable programs and resources to youth who are ‘doing it tough’ and need support, as well as our entire school community by promoting happy, healthy minds amongst our next generation.
I am hoping to organise some fun and exciting events for our community this boab season. I am really excited to see the positive impact of our fundraising on the school community for years to come. I look forward to meeting you all at my upcoming events and raising well-needed funds for our school!

Alice Rae Shadforth | 2017 Boab Quest Runner Up


Hi my name is Alice Rae Shadforth, I was born and raised in Derby.
I am the Boab Quest Entrant for Ngunga Women’s Group Aboriginal Corporation.
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, I am a loyal person with a warm, loving and caring nature, I enjoy, fishing, camping, art and footy. I am passionate about my people as it breaks my heart to see my people struggling, and I am also passionate about art. I love to help people, and I strive to do the best I can to help out in the community. I come from a large family, I try my best to be a good role model to my younger siblings and cousins.

Working at Ngunga Women’s Group, I have that opportunity to help people out, therefore I want to represent Ngunga well, and help with proceeds towards Ngunga Women’s Group Opportunity Shop (Op-Shop).