I learned a lot about support, connection and teamwork through my playing days and that has continued to be a big part of my life since. I am exceptionally grateful for two partnerships that are so much more than a sponsorship.
Australian domestic (JLT Cup, W/BBL, Sheffield Shield) and Internationals (Test, ODI, T20)
World Cups – 2009, 2013, 2017. T20WC – 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019
In 2019 I was surprised and honour to be awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for my services to cricket and the sporting community. Community means so much to me on so many levels and in return I am proud to be actively involved in finding a voice for the following amazing groups.
Iridis - Makeup Made Simple
I’m a Melbournian with no apologies, not even the weather…well occasionally. And as such I’ve always wanted to support home grown talent.
Melbourne is full of amazing women doing inspiring work against the odds in the start up world. I’m so very happy to have found Peta-Gai McLaughlin who makes me smile and get my job done with the utmost professionalism daily.
The get up and go PG started Iridis Cosmetics after a career in law and has transformed my life. When you have no idea.. and I mean NO idea.. about makeup and then are thrust into doing your own for events and TV I needed a miracle. PG was that ray of light.
Lessons, makeup, advice, professional headshots and the odd do over for major events means I’m no longer needing you tube for assistance.
Oh, and the best thing? All the products are sourced and used have the big ethical tick next to them.
Nissan Australia - supporter of cricket globally
In a year that Australia is hosting two T20 World Cups I’m over the moon to be an Ambassador with Nissan Australia alongside Mitch Johnson . As Nissan is a long serving supporter of cricket globally and women’s sport in Australia, it’s a great fit all round.
Backyard cricket is where it all started and it still provides me with the purest and freest memories of play. Hot summer days in my grandparents’ backyard in Rutherglen, Victoria with all the quirky traditions and hard fought competition that I think gave me the perfect foundation to understand and love the spirit of the game.
From backyard to the joys of club cricket which for so long has given me a sense of belonging and connection as well as the opportunity to play, coach, develop and continue some of the best traditions of the game and also create some new ones.
And finally, the place where you’re truly tested and you experience the full gamut of emotions – playing for your country. From receiving one of the most iconic sporting items in Australia, the baggygreen, and wearing it while scoring a century on debut, to being dropped – numerous times – and faltering when it mattered most for the team. The roller coaster life of elite sport.
Away from cricket I’m a Melbourne girl at heart and it will always be home no matter where I am in the world. Having studied a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement and then a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education teaching at Victoria University I took myself off for 6 winters in a row coaching, developing and promoting girls’ cricket overseas. Three stints in South Africa and three playing and working for Surrey Country Cricket allowed me to coach from grassroots to elite, from townships to The Oval.
The next exciting phase was looking after some of Australia’s best athletes as a talent manager at Australia’s largest sports management agency, TLA. With predominantly female athletes and coaches across netball, cricket and the Olympics, it was one of my greatest challenges finding ways to support their sport and life careers, create commercial connections and expand people’s understanding of the similarities and differences found across men’s and women’s sport.
With an increasing commentary workload, I now find myself traveling the globe working on various International and Domestic cricket broadcasts.
- Fox Sports Cricket Commentator
- Freelance commentator across television, radio and print;
- Indian Premier League
- ICC World Cups
- Sky Sport UK domestic and International
- Caribbean Premier League
- SEN radio (Aust)
- BBC radio (UK)
- Wisden Cricket Monthly
- Cricket Australia Board Director
- Consultant developing an International multi sport women’s competition (2021)
- Talent Manager at TLA-ESP
- Independent Board Member at Bowls Australia
- Women in Sport and Recreation Task Force member (Victorian State Government)
- Level 3 Cricket Coach (Australian accreditation)
- Cricket Victoria Game Development Manager
- Secondary and primary school teacher
- Board Member Red Dust Role Models
- Cricket development programs in South Africa and Surrey, England
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