Pahiatua cricketer, 13-year-old Mya O’Donnell, can play the sport she loves after being awarded an ANZ Cricket Grant that subsidises the price of her registration charges for the season. As an additional shock to make sure she has a terrific season, Mya was awarded a gear grant together with a bat, ball, pads, gloves, and bag.
ANZ Cricket Grants made $100,000 obtainable to younger cricketers who would profit from the help of registration price subsidies to assist take the stress off households and ensure youngsters didn’t miss out on cricket over the summer time. ANZ additionally shocked a number of fortunate cricketers from across the nation to be the recipients of a cricket gear pack to assist them of their dedication to coaching and the sport.
Mya, who performs for United Palmerston North Cricket Membership, was stoked to be awarded this ANZ Cricket Grant. “I’m going to go right down to the nets to make use of it. I by no means put on a thigh pad so practising carrying one could be good. Getting hit within the thigh is painful.”
Mya has been enjoying membership cricket for the reason that summer time of 2019/2020, however yard cricket along with her cousins has been a fixture of many summers earlier than then. She was approached to affix a cricket group by her soon-to-be-coach Amy Johnson in the midst of a hockey match.
Mya stated, “She observed I had actually good hand hand-eye co-ordination so she requested if I’d like to affix her Manawatū cricket group.
“She made me really feel welcome there. As I used to be coming from a distinct faculty from the opposite ladies, Amy launched me to everybody and made me really feel welcome. I’ve made mates who I can discuss to over there and play cricket with.”
Since then Mya has develop into a eager batter. “I like batting as a result of I’m additionally a hockey participant so I like the sensation of hitting one thing. Like once you see the ball coming down the pitch, and also you wait to run, and the communication amongst my teammates.”
Mya’s love for cricket stems from her household. “From after I was little my household has all the time performed yard cricket and watched video games. We nonetheless play cricket as we speak however now we’re all much more aggressive. We all the time look ahead to Christmas to play collectively.”
There’s one other large inspiration to Mya’s cricketing journey, Manawatū senior ladies’s consultant and Central Districts’ participant Abby Treder who’s a distant cousin of Mya’s. “She’s all the time taught me to be affected person and watch the ball,” she stated.
Dwelling in Pahiatua meant becoming a member of an all-boys group for a few seasons, on high of commuting to Manawatū to play reps with the ladies. “Final 12 months I performed with the boys and it felt overwhelming. It’s laborious to clarify. So this season I’m going over to Manawatū once more to play with the ladies,” she stated.
“They had been all good to me however it’s simply completely different as a result of years earlier than that they by no means actually had ladies of their group. I really feel you may discuss to the ladies simpler than the boys.”
Final season she represented Manawatū within the Beneath 13 Ladies’ group and this season she hopes to make the Beneath 15 consultant group. Mya stated she needed to encourage extra ladies into the sport.
“Simply give it a go and provides it your finest shot. It was type of laborious for me to play for the boys each week as a result of I used to be the one one, however hold striving and going to your objectives.
“Generations in the past it used to solely be a person’s sport so it’s cool to get ladies into it.”
ANZ Financial institution New Zealand CEO Antonia Watson says paying membership charges is likely one of the first boundaries households face when deciding if they will register their little one to play.
“Sport is a vital half of a kid’s wellbeing, so we’re happy to be offering help to ensure Kiwi youngsters can hold enjoying the sport they love. “The elevated value of dwelling can put households in a troublesome place relating to managing the family price range. We hope these grants will assist to ease a few of that stress and hold extra youngsters enjoying cricket.
“We had been so impressed by Mya’s dedication to coaching, we hope this new gear helps them to achieve their objective.”