I am about to become a Soccer Mum. I am about to join the flock of parents on a Saturday morning, on the sidelines of the match, coffee in hand, in all weather, trying not to be too competitive. I am about to start my Saturday mornings trying to find one missing boot, a shin pad, and my hat. I’m looking forward to seeing my little dude run out as part of a team, in his little uniform, smiling in his team photo.

I was more of a music nerd when I was a kid. My Saturday mornings were spent with the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, tooting along on my tenor saxophone, hoping no one noticed my mistakes. That was my sport when I was growing up, musical tennis.

I do remember being dragged to my brother’s rugby games after rehearsal though, with my Mum and her ridiculously loud voice. It was a constant stream of embarrassment, trying to hide as mum screamed “C’mon boys, get the lead out of your feet”. For years I had no idea what that even meant!

I would cringe as she screamed my brother’s name as he was hit to the ground in a tackle, or missed on opportunity. I would hide my head in a book as she yelled other random things like “C’mon ref!” and “You’ve gotta be kidding me?!” and “Where did you get your ref’s licence from? A Coco Pops box???”. And my favourite: “Oh, he was offside by a mile!” which she clearly had no idea about.

However, if my vocal reaction to a Carlton game is anything to go by, I am going to be the same or worse. I promise to watch my language though, I won’t take aim at the ref or the kids, but I’m sure to make strange and interesting loud noises that will embarrass my husband and my family.

It’s funny that once I hid from my mum and now, as a Mum, I will be the one they hide from.

Moyra Major

Moyra Major  

Moyra has been a familiar voice on Gold Coast radio for over a decade. Throughout her career in radio she's had the pleasure of interviewing people from all over the globe and has even appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in LA. She loves speaking in public, whether it be through the radio or in front of an audience. But she wasn't always very good at it. Moyra finetuned the skill, starting her own business, Major Confident, in 2015 to those like her who struggled to face an audience // www.majorconfident.com