By Alesha Capone
For Werribee Junior Cricket Club (WJCC) player Lou Lou Field, sport provides a world of opportunities and the prospect of a future career doing what she loves.
In addition to cricket, the 14-year-old plays football (AFL) and basketball and is a regular at the gym.
She has been playing football for about eight years and cricket for about four years.
Lou Lou said she took up cricket after playing at school with friends, an activity which she enjoyed so much that she asked her parents if she could join a local cricket club.
She has been selected to participate in the 2021-22 Cricket Victoria Emerging Players Program, which is due to begin in August.
Lou Lou said that she was invited to try out for the program.
“I was shocked, I didn’t expect it as I haven’t played that long,” she said.
“I’m just excited to learn everything they can teach me.”
Lou Lou, who is captain of the Werribee Junior Cricket Club under-15s girls’ team, said she sometimes helps the newer players work on their skills.
The talented teenager said she would like to thank her parents and all her coaches, along with the WJCC community.
“The cricket club has given me so many chances and I wouldn’t be where I am today with their support,” she said.
When it comes to football, Lou Lou plays with the Werribee Districts Football Club and the Western Jets Girls.
Earlier this year, Lou Lou and Werribee Districts teammates Camryn Tyrell, Kensley Ward and Sarah Golding were announced as the part of the Western Jets’ under-19 girls’ team who played in the NAB League season extended squad for 2021.
Lou Lou said she dreams of becoming a professional footballer.
“That’s why I’m prepared to put in the effort,” the young Collingwood fan said.
“I’m just really excited at how women’s sports have developed and we actually have the opportunity to make a career out of it.”