England Cricketer Georgia Elwiss is helping promote the TeamUp Campaign to get more girls into team sports
England cricketing all rounder Georgia Elwiss is helping the England Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball promote the TeamUp Campaign to get more girls into team sports. The three-year initiative aims to maximize the legacy of hosting three consecutive World Cups and build a fan base for women’s team sports. With an ambitious target to ensure all 7-13-year-old girls across the country have the opportunity to experience the benefits of team sport, the TeamUp initiative includes a novel rewards scheme for schools and teachers.
Georgia began her cricketing career with Staffordshire before moving to Sussex at the start of the 2011 season when she made her international debut. An MCC Young Cricketer in 2010 and 2011, she was called up as bowling cover for the injured Jenny Gunn during the 2011 Quadrangular Series, but while she didn’t get to play in the series she was included in the squad for the South Africa tour that autumn. She was selected again for the series against India in 2012, and took six wickets across the series including 3 for 17 in the final ODI – and was named Player of the Series. It earned her a World Cup call-up in early 2013 and in 2016 she made her maiden international fifty on tour in South Africa to help England to a series-clinching five-wicket victory. Having featured in the 2016 World Twenty20, she was named as the captain of Loughborough Lighting in the inaugural Kia Super League, and also took over as Sussex captain for the 2016 season in the absence of Sarah Taylor.
“I think the Ashes series in 2013 would be a highlight, I always wanted to play an Ashes series growing up and that was a pretty special tournament. On a personal level I’ve won a Player of the Series Award in one of my first series which was brilliant as well and when I cam back from being dropped and all that hard work and the disappointment of getting dropped and the resilience you have to show to come back from it and to push for your case to go forward…I guess the high and lows are always going to be there so I guess it’s how you deal with them,” said Georgia.
“I think the friendships that I’ve made and the places that we’ve been able to and when you look back or when you have some time away from cricket and what you’re able to do with you life it’s fantastic. You’re actually playing the sport you love and traveling to some amazing countries and you’re with some of your best mates and I think it’s that camaraderie that you develop…going through all the tough sessions and winning tournaments and games and that makes it worthwhile so the team aspect of it is my favorite.”
Podcast length: 16’35”
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