Claire Bassett named Kyabram’s Sportstar of the Year

By Kyabram Free Press

MANY of our sportstars found themselves speechless in front of a room of 280 people - and Claire Bassett was no exception.

Throughout the past year she’s been a busy woman, opening her own business and then quietly winning the Australian Open Women’s Singles Croquet title.

This means she’s currently ranked as the number three female Croquet player in the world and number one in Australia.

Or in the open section, number 75 in the world and 15th in Australia.

But still, she couldn’t believe she was Kyabram’s Sportstar of the Year.

In April 2017 Claire had five triple peels from five wins and six games in the Rich River Anzac Classic. While she didn’t take out the top spot, this number of triple peels hasn’t been achieved by many Australians and no other female.

In June she was runner-up in the Queensland Open Tournament and was then the winner of the Australian Patron’s Trophy.

While it was a good win, it may have made things awkward at the dinner table as she beat her husband Trevor 2-0 in the best of three final.

This was her first major Australian title.

In March this year, continuing her winning streak, Claire was the winner of the Australian Women’s Title in Adelaide where she went through the championship undefeated.

After that it was back up to Queensland in April where she represented Australian in the Trans-Tasman Test series, the team - made up of Australia’s four best men and four best women - won all three tests.

And still, she couldn’t believe she was the winner.

“It’s a night to be stitched up, going over it in my head now there’s a lot of conversations over the past weeks which are beginning to make a lot more sense,” she laughed.

However she was quick to turn the attention away from herself.

“This is a room full of amazing people and their parents and family who back them,” she said.

“There are about 18-20 different sports represented here tonight, for a town the size of Ky, it shows amazing community support behind every sport.”

She now hopes to be selected for the Australian MacRobertson Shield team - the croquet equivalent of a World Cup - but she’ll have to wait until 2021 to find out.