International Women’s Cricketer of the Year joins AASC team
She was the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Women’s International Cricketer of the Year in 2010 and has now joined the Australian Government’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program to inspire more young children to become involved in sport.
With 80 one-day international caps, 36 twenty20 caps and six test matches to her name, Australian all-rounder Shelley Nitschke wore Australian colours for the last time in July in her final game for the Australian Women’s cricket team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars.
Nitschke says that retiring from international cricket gives her the opportunity to take on a full-time role with AASC.
‘Sport and being active has always been a passion of mine and a huge part of my life. The AASC program has provided a great opportunity to work in the sports industry and make a difference in involving children in sport and physical activity,’ Nitschke said.
‘I want to help provide kids with the opportunities to experience a wide range of sport and physical activities, as well as build the community links between sporting clubs and the program.
Joining the AASC team in time for Term 3, Nitschke will be responsible for the Barossa region, not too far from her home town of Clare in South Australia’s mid north.
‘I grew up in a club environment, admiring heroes like Allan Border and Steve Waugh,' Nitschke said.
‘I know how important it is for kids to become involved in clubs at a young age and to develop a love of sport and being healthy and active. I hope to encourage this process through my work in the program.'
Nitschke will go down in history as one of the greats of Australian cricket, having won the Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2010 and Australian Women’s International Player of the Year for three successive years (2009–2011).
‘Above all, I will miss representing Australia. But I will also miss the friendships, the travel and the stories and memories you gain from touring. I will miss the opportunity to compete at a high level.’
The AASC program is run in approximately 3,270 schools and out of school hours care services around Australia.