Aimee hits the gender divide for six

Breaking ground: Aime White. Picture: Jon Hewson d410759
Breaking ground: Aime White. Picture: Jon Hewson d410759

White began playing cricket when she was six and is volunteer director of female cricket for the WACA.

When White walked on to the field to bat, she expected some sledging from the Bayswater side.

‘I think the other team (Bayswater) were a little shocked a girl was playing at first,’ she said.

‘When I walked out to bat I was expecting some good cricket sledging, but I don’t think they knew what to say to me? Or they didn’t want to hurt my feelings.

‘But I was prepared to give it back to them if they did.’

Mariners director of cricket Craig Stanners had seen White play previously and thought she could hold her own against the boys.

‘Everyone was enthusiastic, supportive and treated me like one of the boys, which is what I wanted,’ she said.

‘Being around the club and everyone getting to know me, it was a smooth transition.’

White played in the women’s A-grade side from the age of 14, until they folded in 2010.

‘My best memory was when I played the grand final at the WACA for the Mariners which was a dream come true,’ she said.

‘I have then passionately volunteered for the past three years as the director of female cricket to bring cricket alive again and get other girls loving the game as much as I do.

‘We had the very first B-grade side for 2012-/2013 season and three sides in the 2013-2014 season which I want to continue to develop and grow.’

White does not prefer playing men’s or women’s cricket.

‘In women’s cricket there is less pressure to perform, however in the men’s cricket I didn’t want to ruin the game for them,’ she said.

‘I hope this becomes a regular gig for me.’