Trip of a lifetime for Sammy-Jo
ONE of Lismore’s most exciting female cricketers will realise one of her dreams when she heads off for five months playing cricket in England.
Since taking up the sport only a few years ago, Sammy-Jo Johnson has been named in the NSW Under-16 girls All Schools side; NSW Under-17 and Under-19 girls squads, and attended training with the Australian Under-18 girls talent squad.
This week she was selected in the Combined Independent Schools side for the third consecutive year.
Sammy-Jo, a student at Blue Hills College, Goonellabah, said she was the second female player to receive the Adam Gilchrist scholarship that will help her to play for a Cumbria county team in England’s north.
“As part of the exchange program between the two countries, I’ve been selected to play in the County Firsts and Northern Leagues Firsts teams when I’m there,” she said.
“An exciting opportunity like this doesn’t come up every day of the week so I’m taking this, running with it, and giving it my absolute best shot.
“I’ll do my HSC through Pathways, giving me time for my cricket without losing time for study through distance education.
“I’d like to be a PE teacher and go on to help young people.”
The 17-year-old right-arm pace bowler is one of the fastest in the NSW Under-17 and Under-18 teams, with speeds around 110 km/h.
While in England, she will help coach Under-10 and Under-13 county teams; do school-based programs and attend holiday camps and experience cricket at a different level.
This all comes at a significant cost and Sammy-Jo is looking for sponsorship from individuals and organisations to help turn the dream into a reality.
Sponsors on board already include Blue Hills College, Hernes Freight Service andthe Lismore City Bowling Club.
She can be reached on 0413-055347 or her mother, Tina, on 0431-745925.