The Central Coast Mariners have appointed their first ever female ground announcer and would like to officially welcome Sea FM’s Rachael Hart to the family.
Rach’ is a mornings announcer and producer of Sea FM’s Bree & Gawndy (the number one breakfast show on the Central Coast) and will take the mic’ at Central Coast Stadium starting this Saturday against Brisbane Roar.
The 21-year-old has flown up the ranks with Southern Cross Austereo where she started as a 17-year-old, coincidentally enough working her first shift at a Mariners game.
Born and bred on the Central Coast, Rach is a massive sports nut who has been involved with the Mariners previously hosting events and helping drive Mariners promotions. Also a massive Liverpool FC fan, Rach’ was one of the passionate people who greeted Luis Garcia on arrival at Sydney Airport earlier this year.
With the first home match just one sleep away, Rach’ spoke about the excitement of taking on her new role with the Mariners.
“I’ve always loved where I live and of course our Central Coast Mariners so to be given this opportunity to be a part of the club as more than a supporter is such a privilege for me,” Hart said. “It’s almost a dream come true, I am so excited for the first home game and I’ve got a really good feeling about this season.
“I have been a Mariners fan from day one and I remember when I was younger watching the boys thinking how cool it was to have the Central Coast mentioned on national TV," Hart said.
Like most Mariners supporters, Rach’s fondest memory with the club is our maiden Championship win in 2013.
“My favourite Mariners memory would have to our Grand Final win against the Western Sydney Wanderers,” Hart said. “I was lucky enough to be there and was so annoyed because I was in the bathroom when we scored the first goal.
“I did however see that second goal and all I remember was bursting into tears, absolutely sobbing and hugging every other Mariners supporter around me! I think I even ended up hugging the players’ families,” Hart said.
Rach also spoke about the importance of female involvement in the Hyundai A-League and Australian sport.
“The inclusion of females within the A-League is something that I feel very passionate about, and I am so proud and honoured to take a small step forward in the female presence around the game of football,” Hart said. “Football is my passion and so is female involvement within the sport, and it makes me so excited to see that the Westfield W-League and female football will be showcased on the coast this season,” Hart said.