Cricket Tasmania welcomes the Tasmanian Greens’ pledge to invest a boost to the Women’s High Performance program, female-friendly facilities and community involvement ahead of the Tasmanian State Election.
The Tasmanian Greens have pledged to commit 2 million over four years towards the Women’s High Performance program, 15 million over four years to the development and improvement of female friendly facilities across the state and 1 million over four years towards Cricket Tasmania’s community programs through the Hurricanes Foundation.
This commitment would see a $500,000 investment go into Cricket Tasmania’s Female High Performance Program, matching the investment that is currently being put into the program for the state’s male cricketers.
Drew Ginn, High Performance Manager Cricket Tasmania, welcomes the commitment and is confident such investment would contribute to the growth and success of the sport in the state.
“The commitment to support our players equally to achieve World Class standards in our women’s high performance program means we are finally matching what was created 18 years ago for our men’s team.
“That investment led to a golden era in Tasmanian cricket and an investment like this will be used to do the same in female cricket. Our next female champions will be because of this commitment,” he said.
At present, only 17% of change rooms in Tasmania are considered ‘female-friendly’, with the improvement of facilities and funding at both the grassroots and the professional level crucial in ensuring cricket is a sport for all Tasmanians.
Tasmanian Roar and Hobart Hurricanes all-rounder Erin Fazackerley, a product of Tasmania’s cricket pathways, is full of praise for the commitment, insisting that such investment would be beneficial to not only current cricketers but also the Roar and Hurricanes stars of the future.
“The better facilities we have and the more hours we are able to train, the greater we will all become as cricketers.
“Investment in the female program shows great confidence and trust in us and a strong commitment to the growth of cricket as a sport for everyone,” she said.
With the WNCL and WBBL now occupying integral parts of the Australian sporting calendar, such a commitment would allow Tasmanian athletes a greater opportunity to achieve their goals on the national and international stage.
“The professionalism of the WNCL and WBBL competitions has already grown so much over the last couple of years. That growth and the improved standard of cricket being played shows what happens when players are allowed the opportunity to train more and be more professional.”
“It is nice for younger people, especially young girls, to see role models like them playing cricket at a high level and realising that it is something they can aspire to,” Fazackerley, 19, said.
Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins agrees that such a commitment stretches well beyond the sporting field.
“As Tasmania’s sole professional team sport for women, this pledge recognises the importance that women’s cricket plays in our community both in building role models and allowing women and girls to realise their sporting dreams.
“Our sport plays a significant role in building social cohesion in Tasmania and the Greens’ support will allow us to significantly grow our community programs in the areas of multicultural, indigenous, health and education,” he said.
Phil Rigby, General Manager Hobart Hurricanes, stated that the Hurricanes, as part of Cricket Tasmania, are committed to continuing the fostering of community engagement and relationships.
“The Hurricanes are committed to embracing the Tasmanian community and representing Tasmania on the global stage.
“At a grassroots level, we give back to the community by providing meaningful contributions and programs through schools, clubs and broader community programs.
“In our endeavours to truly represent the people of Tasmania and be Tasmania’s team, the Hurricanes continue to work tirelessly in the community providing opportunities for all Tasmanian’s to be part of our great sport,” he said.