Recognising the mums keeping southwest sport alive and kicking
Hard working, family-orientated and passionate – those are the words to describe Roma business owner, mother of four boys and volunteer Sonya Lucht.
Alongside husband Brodie, Mrs Lucht runs two businesses BNS Lucht Truck Hire and BBH Trading and if you thought that would be enough to keep the family busy, the mother travels into town every afternoon to ensure her sons Riley, Harrison, Billy and Richie are involved in all the sports they love, just like she was growing up.
“We live a lot of our life in the car,” Mrs Lucht joked.
“We live out of town and the boys train every afternoon in Roma … on Monday’s it’s touch and basketball; Tuesday’s footy training, basketball and touch; Wednesday’s development squad training; Thursday’s footy and basketball; Friday basketball and Saturday’s when footy returns is junior footy.”
Inspired to be like her mother, Mrs Lucht said she was fortunate to grow up playing a range of different sports including football, netball and swimming and ensures all her children are given the same opportunities.
Working alongside Mat Gane, President of the Maranoa Basketball Association, Mrs Lucht manages various basketball teams, designs uniforms and offers any support she can.
The mother believes International Women’s Day on March 8 is important to recognise all the women involved in local sporting organisation and to tell other women they too can be involved.
“It’s important women are recognised in all sports and especially out here in the bush, all our female sports are really thriving and I know footy used to be male dominated, but our girls are really kicking into it as well,” she said.
“A lot of our volunteers are women and it’s great they’re recognised for the role they play, because that was not the case years ago.
“People underestimate the time, money and energy some mums can put in their kids playing sport.”
She hopes other women would acknowledge the time that goes into volunteering and advises other mothers to give it a go.
“A lot of women don’t put their hand up thinking it’s male dominated, but more volunteers and helpers makes it a lighter load for everyone else,” she said.
“Don’t be scared to have a go and back yourself.”
Her son Riley, near 14 qualified for the Under 15s southwest team in basketball and Harrison nearly 10, was eligible for the Under 12s southwest team.
Both boys will travel to Toowoomba to trial for the Darling Downs sides and both are in the District Development Squad.