AMY HUNT WINS THE 'JODIE FIELDS YOUNG CRICKETER SCHOLARSHIP'
As proud sponsors of the Jodie Fields Young Cricketer Development Scholarship, we are excited to announce that rising star Amy Hunter from the small town of Kairi, on the Atherton Tableland, has been awarded the prestigious scholarship for 2021. The scholarship is valued at $3,000 and supports her sporting and educational development and it is always encouraging to see young talented women taking strides in the sport.
Former Australian Captain Jodie Fields (née Purves) started the personal scholarship program seven years ago to assist talented female players from regional centres.
“Having grown up in Toowoomba and travelled extensively throughout Queensland during my cricket career, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing regional and rural communities,” Ms Purves said.
“These include equitable access to quality health and education opportunities, particularly for young women and girls.
“I was fortunate to have benefited from incredible support from my family and some very close supporters. The Scholarship is my opportunity to give back to another young cricketer.”
Despite the 2020/21 calendar being disrupted by COVID-19, Hunter, a right-arm fast bowler, has impressed talent development staff at Queensland Cricket both for her ability and her attitude and approach to the game.
The Atherton State High School student took up cricket at the age of 10 and has already amassed representative caps through school and club competitions.
In addition to playing in the Cricket Far North ladies’ competition for Innisfail, Hunter is part of the Atherton Cricket Club’s senior third grade side.
From 2017 to 2020, she was part of the Northern Queensland Cricket Academy program run by Queensland Cricket.
In 2020 she was vice captain for the Sunshine Coast Under 15 Girls, and captained the Under 15 Girls Flames team, in Brisbane.
The JFYCD Scholarship has given young female cricketers the opportunity to develop their playing careers and further their education. Each year the Scholarship provides at least one recipient with $2,500 financial assistance, as well as $500 worth of playing equipment from Kookaburra Sport.
The initial two scholarship holders, Charli Knott and Josie Dooley, have played for the WBBL Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire in recent seasons, while Toowoomba’s Ruth Johnston (Ipswich/Logan) and Bundaberg’s Lucy Hamilton (Sunshine Coast) have impressed in this year’s Katherine Raymont Shield in the Queensland Premier Cricket competition.
Previous recipients of the Jodie Fields Youth Cricket Development Scholarship include:
- Josie Dooley (Brisbane – 2015/16)
-Renee Irvine (Wondall – 2016/17)
- Ruth Johnston (Toowoomba – 2017/18)
-Stacy Rockliff (Townsville – 2018/19)
-Bonnie Berry (Mackay – 2019/20)
-Lucy Hamilton (Bundaberg – 2019/20)