The Gympie Times’ new sport reporter Kara Sonter had hit the ground running and is thriving on a new challenge.
The Gympie Times’ new sport reporter Kara Sonter had hit the ground running and is thriving on a new challenge. Renee Pilcher

New reporter has an eye for talent

THE Gympie Times goes one-on-one with new sport reporter Kara Sonter and her love of all things sport.

Q. So, Kara you're new to the Gympie Times but are you new to Gympie itself?

A. I'm not really new, I went to high school here, I moved away for uni but am back now.

Q. Have you played any sport here yourself?

A. Yes, I love my netball, so I've played at the Gympie District Netball Association.

I was lucky to go to several state championships to represent Gympie. It's always a lot of fun.

Q. What position do you play in netball?

A. I love centre because I can't stay still on the court. I can't shoot to save myself so there's no hope there and I'm a little too short to defend well in the circle.

Q. What's something you've noticed about sport in Gympie?

A. Firstly, it was the good sportsmanship the locals seem to have.

The incredible tension I've experienced at sporting games in other places seems to be absent here, which is really nice.

There's also a dedication here that encourages people to do better and go further in their chosen field, some people have dedicated their lives to helping other local athletes.

Q. Are you feeling comfortable with getting to know the wider sporting scene in town?

A. Yes, but there's such a huge sport following here that I think I have a lot more people to meet and teams to get to know - I'm looking forward to that though.

Q. What have you learned about local sport so far?

A. The number one thing is the immense amount of talent Gympie has.

There is a clear passion in Gympie for sport, I get to see that every day.

There are so many people behind the scenes advocating for out local sports people and helping them reach their goals.

Q. What's the best part of your job?

A. I think I'm lucky, I get to write about sport all day. Everyone I speak to has some sort of interesting story to share with me and I feel lucky that I get to hear those stories.

Also, I'm really enjoying meeting new people from different sports clubs.

Q. Do you have a favourite sport you like to watch on television?

A. I love the netball, just to pick up on the way the game is played.

I also enjoy Friday night footy.

Q. So, we hear you were originally a Sydney girl. Who do you cheer for in State of Origin?

I follow the Blues!

It's a hard gig to follow in the land of maroon but I'm loyal.

Q. What do you hope to bring to the sport pages at the Gympie Times?

A. I hope to bring plenty of fresh, local content to our pages, but I always need the help of the local community by letting me know about what's going on.

There's so much going on out there sports-wise that I find it hard to keep up on my own, so when people contact me I really appreciate it and it means I can include as much variety as possible in the sports pages.

Q. What would you like to tell Gympie's sporting community if they have a story to tell?

A. To send me an email and tell me what's going on around the grounds! I want to get to know people and am keen to hear what they are doing and where they are playing.

Player profile

Name: Kara Sonter

Age: 23

Born: Darlinghurst, Sydney

Favourite food: Pasta

Favourite TV program: Revenge

Favourite music: Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Sport you would play if not netball: Tennis

Funniest moment in sport: I've had some great on court crashes with my own team mates, we've looked like real fools at times.

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