KYABRAM super-mum Claire Bassett managed to balance a new business, motherhood and her sporting exploits to become the newest Australian Open women’s croquet champion in Adelaide over the weekend.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing to victory, with Claire sneaking into the event at the last minute.
“I was a late entry as I had to pull out of the state team because of work commitments,” Claire said.
“So I got into the tournament at the very last minute; I guess I’m lucky I probably know a few of the right people and that helped get me in.”
Claire went into the tournament knowing she had the ability to mix it with the best, but as a specialist team player, wasn’t overly confident.
“I was ranked quite well leading into the championships so I knew if I went through and made very little errors I would be right up there,’’ she said.
“Mostly I just wanted to find some form ahead of the Australian team next month.”
It was obvious early on in the competition, however, that Claire wasn’t just there to find form.
She took out opponents continuously, battling through tough conditions until there was no-one left to challenge her.
She finished the championships undefeated from “a lot of games” of best of three.
“This is the first time I have won the championship, so it was a bit of euphoria, especially because I don’t play so well in single events normally,’’ she said.
“Because of that it was a little unexpected, to be honest. To pull out a performance like that was really pleasing.”
Claire didn’t have too long to celebrate the victory, she was straight in the car and on the way back to Kyabram overnight to get stuck back into work.
She has recently started her own, after school holiday care business called The Loop. While the early stages have provided some challenges for Claire, she was adamant she has enjoyed the ride.
“It’s all going really well, we have a bit of holiday program coming up and that seems to have been received well,” she said.
The holiday program will run from 7am to 6pm and include all different types of activities.
Claire still finds time to fit in her croquet whenever she gets a break — usually the middle of the day when the kids are at school.
The multitasking it takes to handle everything going on in Claire’s life could be seen as heroic, but to Claire, it’s just normal.
“Every mother is a full-time multi-tasker, that’s what I always say anyway, we all have different things going on,’’ she said.
“There’s always 24 usable hours in a day.”
To contact Claire about The Loop, phone 0405147867.