If you live in Australia, most likely in the grand old state of Queensland, you may (for those of us who are rugby league fans) be heard shouting the word ‘Queenslander’ tonight as we embark on the opening of the State of Origin Series against our old foe NSW. But spare a thought for another reason to shout at the top of your lungs ‘Queenslander’ and ‘go you good thing’ this evening. You see our hopes are alive and well in the women’s singles of The French Open in the name of one Ash Barty. Indeed those hopes are high with Rod Laver, a legendary Australian and probably the greatest tennis player that ever lived mouthing that there’s "no question" Barty can become the first Australian singles champion at Roland Garros in 46 years.
You see, and I have said it before, it's nice to get behind a winner, and who doesn’t love a winner, but it's even better to get behind someone we can all be proud of; someone who epitomizes the Aussie way. The work ethic, the working class background (anyone else thinking about Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Man lyrics), the tragedies and the triumphs. Above all, the ‘never say die’ attitude. Ash Barty is a fighter and win or lose we all know that she will leave nothing on the court. She, unlike other Australian tennis players who shall remain nameless, gives her all, at all times under all circumstances and against all players. There are no excuses, no tantrums, no complaints. Attitude is everything and Barty has it in spades. Win or lose tonight she’ll make us proud. Whatever the outcome and whatever the result, Ash Barty you are a winner in our book. It’s going to be a late night or early morning as we cross live to Paris where the match is being held, but watching an Aussie champion doing what they do best is worth staying awake for. So set the alarm put on the ugg boots and pop on the kettle. It’s going to be a long night, but trust me, it will be a good one and let's hope its one helluva Barty Party.
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Clare Sultmann is a wife, mother of 3 and the founder of Dear Molly. As a survivor of a catastrophic accident, former barrister at law, published author, and nationally accredited mediator Clare has returned to work in a different capacity. Relocating to Noosa shortly after the birth of her first child, Clare found it difficult to make meaningful and real connections with other like-minded women away from her own network of friends. With this in mind, Clare’s idea was born. Dear Molly aims to provide connections for like-minded women in a real, meaningful and positive manner. It a platform to share, communicate and inspire other women about their ‘real’ life.