A mother-of-two from Kadina was the lucky winner of the Mazda3 Neo Sport given away at the Adelaide Thunderbirds Round 10 home game.
Reflecting on the win, Renee Secker said the experience was surreal and magical.
To be in the running to win the car, Renee submitted a photo in the Win a Mazda3 competition showcasing her ‘Pink Army’ spirit. Renee’s photo was of her daughter Jasmine’s netball team wearing pink socks and pink bibs in support of the fundraiser for breast cancer their local netball club – Paskeville – organised.
From the hundreds of photos submitted, three photos were picked as finalists, with the three entrants attending the Round 10 game.
At three-quarter time, Renee and the finalists each picked a water bottle, numbered one to three, with each bottle containing a car key… but only one key would open the car.
When Renee was told she would be the third entrant to choose a water bottle, she thought her chance to win was over.
“I thought I’d lost my chance being the last person to pick a water bottle,” she said.
“Even though it was a one in three chance of winning, when it was unfolding I was practicing my good losing face.
“But then I picked water bottle three! Three is my lucky number.”
When the keys in water bottles one and two didn’t open the car, Renee said for a few seconds it dawned on her that she had won the car, but then she thought there may have been a catch.
“With all the lights shining up on the car, I thought maybe we had missed that one of the other keys had actually opened the car.
“When my key did work, it was so exciting and so surreal.”
To support her on the day, Renee was joined by her colleague and her two daughters Jasmine and Kiralee.
“We felt like absolute royalty on the day,” Renee said.
“With the courtside seats and Thunderbirds merchandise we were given, it was very magical and very surreal. Even if we didn’t win the car, we were having the best time.
“Jasmine also delivered the match day ball and that was very special.”
Renee thanks Mazda and the Adelaide Thunderbirds for organising the competition and the match day experience.
“My husband and I have never entertained the idea of buying a new car. We’ve always had second-hand cars and made do with that we had, so this is massive.
“Living in the country and owning a car that is fuel efficient will be amazing.”
This is the second year Mazda, a major partner of the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Netball SA, have given away a car to a lucky netball fan and forms just part of the partnership Mazda has with Netball SA and the T-Birds, which focusses on giving back to netballers across the state.
Bill Pattison, Mazda’s South Australian and Tasmanian state manager, congratulated Renee and her family on winning the Mazda3 Neo Sport.
“Throughout the photo competition it was great to see netball fans across the state submitting their photos showing Pink Army spirit,” he said.
“The photos sent in showcased how netball brings communities together and how netball truly is much more than just a sport..
“Congratulations to our three finalists, Renee, Skye and Rachel, whose photos were chosen out of the hundreds we received.”