CHLOE Ainsworth is excited and motivated to steer her state to victory at the School Sports Australia Cricket Championships.
Having been named WA under-12 vice-captain, the talented wicketkeeper is hoping to rebound from a tough tournament last year, where her side failed to win a single game.
Ainsworth said she was looking forward to the tournament and had high hopes for both herself and the team.
“(Last year) WA didn’t win any games, but we got close to beating the top team, so I’d like to get at least third place. My other goal is to try and get 50 runs in a game,” she said.
The Huntingdale Primary School student said her favourite cricketers were Mitchell Johnson and Ellyse Perry, but also loved Perth Scorchers wicketkeeper Emily Smith.
“I like Emily because she saw me at training once and gave me her $250 pair of cricket gloves to keep,” she said.
Emily’s mother Cathryn said both of them were incredibly thankful for all the support they had in fundraising in order to travel to Victoria for the competition.
“I’d love to thank Canning Vale Cricket Club, Southern River MP Terry Healy, Huntingdale Primary School, all her friends and family who have helped support her up until now and a special thanks to the City of Gosnells’ sponsorship program,” she said.
The competition begins on Saturday.