You are the world-leading women cricketer, social media personality, and philanthropist working for the cause of helping with mental health issues. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
The thing for me is it doesn’t seem like work because I love what I do. I love working hard and I love training. I want to be myself and for people to get to know me away from cricket as I am a person first and a cricketer second. Mental health is my passion after seeing family and friends suffer as well as me facing the battles of depression and anxiety. I am passionate and love what I do so balancing it all isn’t an issue and I believe having balance in your life is extremely important.
You were part of the team when the New Zealand cricket women’s team who clinched the bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Edgbaston after registering a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over hosts England. Tell us more about this milestone in your cricketing career.
To represent team New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games was extremely special. To be a part of a bigger team meant so much and to win a bronze medal was incredible. The White Ferns have been through change and hardship, and we have struggled in recent world events.
To get across the line meant so much considering the journey we have been on as a team. As a young player I am so pleased we could do something special for our country and the likes of Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates who have been representing the White Ferns for a long time and who have given so much to the game.
Elaborate on your cricketing journey when in August 2018, you were awarded a central contract by New Zealand Cricket, following the tours of Ireland and England in the previous months. In October 2018, you were named to New Zealand’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty 20 tournament in the West Indies. Ahead of the tournament, you were named as the player to watch in the team. In March 2019, you were named the ANZ International Women’s ODI Player of the Year at the annual New Zealand Cricket awards. How these achievements have helped you in the meteoric rise on the World Women cricketing platform?
Again my mind-set is I am doing what I love. I want to work hard and get the best out of myself. The accolades, selections etc. come but I don’t read into it too much as I know how fickle the game of cricket is and being a professional athlete.
I am grateful for all the opportunities and support I have had along the way. It has been an amazing start to my international career, and I have loved it all and embraced it all. The good and the bad. I hope that I have a long career ahead of me and keep growing and learning both on and off the field.
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