I’m Carl Reinehr. I live in Echuca, up on the Murray up in the northern part of Victoria. Farmer for 40-odd years. Four kids. Wife up here as well. We own a farm here in Echuca, where we run a horse stud and grow a lot of hay.
My wife works at the local hospital and my four children all go to the local Catholic schools.
It’s a tough business. It’s very unforgiving, but I wouldn’t change it. Once we had our kids, we got involved with football clubs, netball clubs, cricket clubs – actively involved with coaching and looking after our kids and also other kids.
I love what sport brings – the sense of teamwork, ’cause you have to work together. I think with coaching especially you’re helping these young boys develop good attitudes, and it’s not just all about the sport – it’s about being just good people.
The biggest thing I worry about is the obligation to them, because the things I say to them now might carry on for a long time, because I know as a kid, the most important people to me – and you only realise as you get older – was my early coaches
and early teachers. And so it’s an obligation that you’ve got to really take seriously.
I think belonging, especially in town – you can walk down the street and you know most people – it’s a feeling that if anything went wrong, everyone would bind together and help you out.
We’ve had a few tragedies up here with mates dying the last couple of years through cancer and so forth, and you realise when something like that happens that, um…..all your other mates come together.
Anyone can do it. Anyone can help and anyone can be part of it, and you get more out of it than what you put in.
There’s just…it’s a no-brainer. You just…you just do it.