Cricket: Southern River girl hitting the heights despite being new to the game

Cricketer Amber Harding. Picture: Jon Hewson d476468
Cricketer Amber Harding. Picture: Jon Hewson d476468

AMBER Harding will soon walk out to the middle of a NSW oval with cricket gear in hand to represent WA.

It is a unique experience for any athlete, yet for Amber, the fact she is 12 years old and only began playing the sport last year has made it even more special.

The Southern River resident and Harrisdale Senior High School student said while she preferred the technicality of bowling over batting, she loved that cricket allowed her to play outdoors, make new friends and learn some new skills.

“Being able to achieve this considering I have only been playing cricket for just over a year feels amazing,” she said.

“Not many girls have the opportunity to play for WA and I am very lucky to have been chosen.

“I am most looking forward to making new friends, getting to know my teammates and representing WA playing my favourite sport.

“It is important to give young girls like me an opportunity like this because it will build pathways for the future-this will provide girls of all ages a chance to show what they truly have underneath and do what they love best.”

Amber and her WA team will compete at the School Sports Australia Under-12 cricket championships in NSW from January 5 to 12.

Other locals who made the WA cricket teams

Under-12 girls
Chloe Ainsworth (VC): Huntingdale Primary School
Rebecca McGrath: Carey Baptist College

Under-12 boys
Darin Jayaprakassh: Caladenia Primary School

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