The Hobart Hurricanes are pleased to announce that Sophie Parkin has been selected as the Hurricanes Foundation Female Northern Rookie for 2018-19.
The 17 year old all-rounder, who currently plays for University Cricket Club in the Women's Premier League, was chosen by Hurricanes Women's Head Coach Salliann Briggs following recent trials held at the NTCA Indoor Centre.
"It's really important that make sure we are giving as many people who we think are talented within this state a chance to experience this environment," Briggs said.
"What stood out for us about Sophie was that she's very talented with both bat and ball."
The Hurricanes Foundation Northern Rookie Program aims to give talented young Tasmanian players their first taste of what's involved with being a member of the Hurricanes squad, with a view to developing them for selection as a full team member in the future.
Briggs believes the latest addition to #TasmaniasTeam has a bright future ahead of her.
"We think that she's got the potential to get a contract," she said.
"With that all in mind, we want to expose her to a high performance environment where she'll flourish and stay motivated to keep working on her game."
The program aims to give talented young Tasmanian players their first taste of what's involved with being a member of the Hurricanes squad, with a view to developing them for selection as a full team member in the future.
Parkin had her first taste of life in purple as a member of the Hurricanes Women's Development Squad which played in two matches against the Sydney Thunder in Latrobe last week.
She took to the field alongside 2017-18 Northern Rookie Emma Manix-Geeves, who currently holds a full State Contract.
The former Riverside Cricket Club captain had a strong 2017-18 Cricket North Women's season, collecting 20 wickets at 6.05 to tie for the Player of the Year award.
Parkin will also be aiming for her third straight selection in the Tasmanian Under-18 side ahead of the Cricket Australia Female National Championships in January.
"I'm really honoured to get this opportunity to be around the girls and to learn from them," Parkin said.
"I've been training really hard and working on improving my game."
With current Hurricanes captain Sasha Moloney and Kate Fryett among her new teammates at University, the Northern Rookie has had plenty of guidance in the lead up to her selection.
"Sasha and Kate Fryett are really encouraging, Sash with my batting and Kate with some bowling tips," she said.
"I can learn heaps from Emma, who was in the same position last year, and ask her questions."
"I'm looking forward to the next month and getting as much as I can out of the experience."
Parkin will be considered a member of the Hurricanes' WBBL squad - participating in media opportunities, fan events and player appearances, as well as attending training sessions and matches during the WBBL|04 season.
She will join the squad from Monday 3 December until their home game against the Perth Scorchers on Tuesday 18 December at Blundstone Arena, before rejoining the squad after Christmas for their back-to-back matches against the Brisbane Heat at Launceston's UTAS Stadium.