South West Academy of Sport athlete Alison Overton is one of a handful of young South West women enjoying success on the cricket pitch.
The star batter and spin bowler recently captained the under-15 State team at a national tournament in Sydney, and will travel to Ballarat in January as part of the West Australian side contesting the under-18 national championships.
For the Bunbury teenager, who has been a fixture in under-15 State teams the past three years, her inclusion in the older age bracket for the first time marks a significant advancement in her level of play.
“It’s a big step up from 15s to 18s,” Overton said.
“It will be a lot more difficult than 15s.”
Despite the added challenge of now having to compete against older athletes, the up-and-coming sportswoman has the skills as displayed earlier this month when she led her team to sixth place at the under-15 championships and helped the side win the contest’s Spirit of Cricket Award.
SWAS head cricket coach Orazio Santalucia congratulated Overton on her achievements, saying she was one of a number of female cricket players from the region including Western Fury player Chloe Piparo and SWAS athletes Meg Thompson and Hannah Merritt who were making their mark in the game.
“Alison being selected firstly as captain of her State under-15 team is a great achievement, but to also make the under-18 team at the same time is a great result.
There can’t be many athletes who have done this,” he said.
“She has worked hard, committing a lot of time and effort into improving all aspects of her game and she is finally getting recognition for her hard work.
“SWAS has enabled Alison to work on the holistic elements of her game fitness, running technique, mental skills, diet, physio which are all part of improving as a high performance athlete.”