SUZETTE Thomas’ first memory of polocrosse was watching her dad, granddad and uncles play in the back paddock of the family farm in Boddington, WA.
Horses and riding had always been a big part of life on the farm, so it only seemed natural that their chosen sport would involve the much-loved animal.
Sadly, her father died when she was four years old, leaving her mum to raise her and her three sisters.
At the age of seven, Thomas joined her sisters and began playing polocrosse.
Anyone involved in horse sports knows the commitment required – both financially and time-wise – and her mother, not being a ‘horse person’ herself, made sure that the four girls got to every practice and competition
Her mother’s efforts have paid off, with Thomas, who plays for South Midland, named in the top 10 players in the country and will play in the Australian squad in Zambia, Africa in July 2018.
Each member of the Australian squad will be vying for one of eight places in the Australian World Cup team, which will compete against the best in the world in Warwick, Queensland in April 2019.
Thomas said that at 34, she is the veteran of the squad and would be focusing on her training and fitness in the lead up to the World Cup.
“Polocrosse is a fast-paced, physically and mentally challenging sport, so not only do you need to be working on your game skills, but also your fitness, riding and response times,” she said.
“My four kids all ride and play and my husband has played for WA and been in the Australian Squad in the past.”
Her focus is now squarely on being selected for the 2019 World Cup team, which will be announced following the 2018 Nationals being held in Perth in October.