A Glorious Summer of Sport for Women
From Johanna Konta on court, to Laura Muir on track, to the UEFA Women’s Finals in Holland, and onto the thrilling last over win in the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup - it has been a glorious summer of sport for women.
One girl dreaming of playing in front of a packed stadium one day is Chloe Kiely, a pupil at St Thomas of Aquin’s who is in our City of Edinburgh Schools Sports Academy. While some of us may have spent their time on the beach, Chloe has spent most of her summer holidays practising and playing cricket. Before one of her practice sessions we took the opportunity to interview her.
Q: When did you start playing cricket and how often do you play?
A: I started when I was 7 at a kids programme at Edinburgh South Cricket Club at Inch Park. Last year I played around 2 or 3 times in the Winter. In the Summer I play up to 5 times.
Q: What is your proudest moment in sport?
A: I took 3 wickets for 8 runs in a Sports Academy game and a catch that ended the match.
Q: Who is your idol? Sporting or otherwise?
A: I don’t really have one, just anyone who is passionate about sport.
Q: Do you enjoy the Council’s Sports Academy, and what is the best part?
A: It’s great, I feel like I’ve improved a lot since I started and its really nice to be in a team environment with other people.
Q: Did you watch the Women’s World Cup Final, and what are your aspirations going forward?
A: Yes, it was great! I want to keep improving, and to play for Scotland would be really cool, but I just want to keep having fun.
Note: The City of Edinburgh Schools Sports Academy is a training and support programme designed to assist talented pupils reach their sporting potential.
The first girl in the Sports Academy Cricket Academy programme was Leigh Kasparek, a pupil from Firhill High School. She is now living in Wellington and playing international cricket for New Zealand. In 2015 Leigh switched her allegiance from Scotland to the Kiwis to play at a higher level.