TRINITY student Carly Fuller has made it onto the first national indigenous women’s cricket team.
The selection was based on performances at the recent National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs.
“I did a trial in Brisbane for the Queensland side, I made the side and we won, so we went to Alice Springs in February,” Carly, 16, said.
“We had a presentation when they announced it and I had to go up on stage for it, I was pretty excited.
“I made the Australian side.”
Now Carly and the rest of the team of 14 women get to wear green and yellow and represent Australia when they travel to India from May 20-30.
“I’ve always wanted to go to India,” Carly said.
“I just like the culture, the spices and food, the people, everything about it.”
Trinity Catholic College’s Aboriginal education officer, Alf Green, said the school community was very proud of her.
“It’s a great achievement for Carly and the school and anyone else wanting to achieve this,” he said.
“Carly is a role model to break the barrier.
“Everyone deserves to do what they are passionate about.”
Carly plays cricket for the Trinity girls team and she also enjoys playing football and soccer.
She hopes to one day play for the Southern Stars Australian women’s cricket team.
“That’s a dream I hope to fulfil,” she said.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said the team would “build on the success and opportunities that the men’s national indigenous side has enjoyed”.
“The first national indigenous women’s team comes at a time when both indigenous and female cricket are thriving,” he said.
Indigenous cricket participation has hit a record 26,000 participants.
Female participation has also hit a record 290,000.
Carly is the youngest team member by two years.