Women In Rugby | Sam Holt

Fri, Aug 11, 2023, 3:12 AM
Rugby WA Media
by Rugby WA Media

Sam Holt is one of the growing army of women volunteers at WA rugby clubs.

The Southern Lions life member has been-there-done-that.

She is currently secretary, looks after the accounts and is merchandise manager.

She has been vice-president, registrar, bar manager and team manager for most grades.

Just about the only job she hasn't held is pitch marking.

"No-one would trust me with paint, but I've been bottle washer and mopped the floors " she laughed.

Sam began working as a volunteer at the Lions, looking after merchandise, 18 years ago after she and husband Wayne, who played for Kalamunda for many years, moved close to the Success-based club.

Sam Holt

Their two sons, both No.9s, started playing for the club when they were five. Jack, 23, is currently playing in Calgary, and Josh, 18, is in the Lions third grade.

"I wanted to be involved. I didn't just want to be standing on the sidelines," Sam said.

"I just wanted to help out where I could."

Sam, whose "real job" is office manager for a building company, admits she did not expect become quite so involved in the Lions.

"I've often thought I should keep a record of the hours I put into rugby," she said.

"All volunteers probably put in just as many hours as they do at their paid job.

"I never expected to have become involved as I have but I truly enjoy it.

"I would say to any women who want to get involved that there are plenty of opportunities."

Sam has seen the women's game grow in WA and more females become involved in the running of clubs.

"It has been a bit hit-and-miss at times," she said.

"A few years ago the women's game was quite popular. A lot of clubs had teams, but it fell off.

"Now, I feel we have a new generation of players and some previous players have come back to the game.

"We seem to have a very young side at the Lions.

"I've always loved watching the women play.

"If they are playing at the same ground as the men, I try to put myself between the pitches so I can watch two games at once."

Sam is keen to see both premier and community grades flourish.

Sam Holt

"I love the fact that we have the community and premier grades," she said.

"The community grade is good for people who don't want to be as serious about playing or are being introduced to the game.

"It's more fun.

"A lot of women in community grade are mums and it gives them more opportunities.

"I'd say just give it a go. Even if you just train. There's no obligation at all.

"The women's game has made a kind of village.

"They rally round if kids are sick.

"The girls are so supportive of each other if anyone is hurt.

"If any of the girls need to go in an ambulance you've got the whole team wanting to go in the ambulance.

"Everyone just jumps in and looks after each other.

"It's a good feeling that flows on into the club.

"The guys have noticed.

"They say it's a different feeling with the woman around."

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