She’s done just about everything since becoming officially involved with the association, based at Kingston near Hobart, in the early 2000’s when her daughter Erin began playing in their mini-league rosters.
A committee member since 2006, she’s served as a treasurer for eight years and also been the KNA’s ANZ NetSetGO coordinator since its inaugural year in 2010.
“We’ve always been a volunteer family,” Lucas said. “I remember when I was kid my mum was involved with volunteering in the community, working in the canteen.
“Everything that I’ve been involved in I’ve always volunteered.”
Lucas has coordinated and coached KNA representative teams and been involved as a coach and manager with the Kingston Blues, an affiliated club with KNA that also plays in Tasmania’s State League competition.
“I’ve taken away representative teams to Launceston and Devonport and, for the last three years, I’ve been the manager of (Kingston Blues) 19/U state league team,” she said. “Some of those girls are ones that I coached previously when they were 13 years old.
“It’s rewarding to see them come up through the levels. You see them do something on court and I think to myself `I taught you to do that’.”
Her daughter Erin is now playing for Kingston’s open state league team.
December 5 is International Volunteers Day and Netball Australia is thrilled to recognise the efforts of people like Lucas who contribute hours of their personal time to ensure Australians can participate in netball.
Netball volunteers are the lifeblood of local, state, national and international competitions, programs and events staged in Australia.
“She is unassuming and does not expect credit or kudos for her involvement with netball,” Males said.
“It’s not a chore for her to help wherever there is a need. That includes helping to organise the canteen for our State Junior Carnival or rosters or making sure the clubrooms are always clean and tidy.
“We are very fortunate to have someone like Tania involved as she is pro-active and has a real interest in the development of junior players, and identifying not only their netball skills, but other attributes.
“She is able to encourage and support their participation in other leadership roles, around the association and club.”