Congratulations Amelia Kerr on your Nomination for Wellington Sports Woman of the Year 2017!
Amelia is a young and inspiring New Zealand cricket representative. We caught up with the Tawa College student to discuss challenges, her aspirations and sporting highlights.
What has been your biggest sporting highlight in the last year?
Firstly being picked for my first series for the White Ferns vs Pakistan. But having just been selected for the World Cup in England has been a goal of mine for the past couple of years so that would be my biggest highlight.
As a successful female athlete, you must be aware that you are a role model for young aspiring athletes. Who has been your biggest role model in your life and sporting career?
When I was little I always looked up to Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. As a cricketer I always looked up to Sophie Devine as she was young when she made teams and went to Tawa College where I go. And she had a similar upbringing playing for boy’s teams while she was at school. I always followed Kane Williamson as I admired the way he bats. Batting is the part of my game I want to develop as in the future I want to be an all-rounder at international level.
What are your aspirations for the year to come?
My aspirations for the year to come are to win the World Cup in England and to be able to contribute to the team’s performance in pressure situations and perform consistently.
What does it take to be at the top of your field? For you what is the biggest sacrifice and what is the biggest reward?
Training with a purpose, loving the game, surrounding yourself with good people and good coaches, being open minded. I don’t feel like I’ve had to sacrifice anything. I enjoy playing and training and still have plenty of time for family and friends and other activities. The biggest reward would be getting to represent my country and getting to play alongside and against some of the best players in the world.
Lastly, a fun one; if you were an animal what animal would you be and why?
I would be a dolphin as they’re one of my favourite animals.
Best of luck for awards night and your future endeavors Amelia from the team at Wellington Sports Med.